Dramatic cliff rescue of paraglider left dangling 100-metres up in air in Spain

PARAGLIDER: Perched precariously on a ledge 100-metres (300-feet) above the ground on a cliff face on Spain's Costa Blanca. Photo credit: Twitter / @gruporescateba

FIREFIGHTERS have helped pull off a daring rescue of a paraglider who was left precariously perched on a ledge 100-metres (300-feet) above the ground on a cliff face on Spain’s Costa Blanca.
A gust of wind had blown the 21-year-old off course and onto the cliff face in the Sierra de Redován where he was suspended for an hour or so before being rescued by the emergency services.
Firefighters, police and a rescue helicopter were quickly on the scene after the 112 control centre received a call.
The rescue was complicated as the helicopter could not initially get close enough without the risk of it dislodging the young man who could have fallen to his death as his chute’s lines were tangled.
Instead, two firefighters rappelled 60-metres down from the top of the cliff to the point where the young man was suspended.
They cut the lines paraglider’s chute and harness so that it would fall away.
It was only then that the helicopter was able to access the area and rescue the man who had suffered injuries to his legs and he was taken straight to the Vega Baja Hospital in Orihuela.

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