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Hang glider pilot hangs from treetops after first lesson

A trainee hang glider pilot has been taken to hospital after getting stuck 100ft up a tree on his first solo flight.

Emergency services were called to the north side of Devil's Dyke at Poynings, in Sussex, just before 3 o'clock on Monday afternoon.

The man, who police described as in his 50s and from London, claimed to have purchased his equipment on eBay and was only minutes into his first flight before he lost control.

He was rescued from the treetops by West Sussex Fire and Rescue technical unit, using specialist equipment in order to get him down.

The rescue effort took just over two hours. The man was then taken to hospital by ambulance, although he's not believed to have suffered any serious injuries.