Paraglider injured in crash

Paraglider injured in crash

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A 51-year-old man sustained serious injuries in a paragliding accident east of Tumut, this afternoon (Sunday).

The man was airlifted to Canberra Hospital in a stable condition with suspected pelvic, abdominal and rib injuries.

The man, understood to be from the Wollongong area, was part of a group of paragliders to travel to the mountain, which has long been a popular take-off point for paragliders and hangliders.

Emergency services were called after the man crash-landed in a gully about halfway down the mountain, located in the Argalong/Goobragandra area, about 15km from Tumut, just after midday.

Steep terrain meant the injured paraglider could not be stretchered from the location, and paramedics worked to stabilize him while a NSW Rescue helicopter was tasked from Wollongong to winch the man out.

The Tumut SES was called in to assist with clearing the area of vegetation, transportation of medical supplies and also with moving the injured man to a suitable extraction point, a few metres from where he landed.

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The chopper arrived at about 1.30pm, refueled at Tumut, and was back at just after 2pm, soon after which the man was successfully winched into the helicopter.