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Injured paraglider airlifted after ten metre fall


The Sunshine Coast RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has airlifted a man to hospital, after he was injured in a paragliding incident, this morning.

The rescue chopper was called to a coastal area, in the Gympie region, just after 11:30am.

It's believed the patient, aged in his 40s, had been paragliding over a cliff and as he turned back towards land, the wind changed.

The paragliding canopy reportedly folded, causing the man to plummet 10 metres, onto soft sand below.

Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics and Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) personnel initially assisted the patient at the scene.

He was then transferred to a local sports oval, to meet the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue chopper and aeromedical team.

The man was flown to Sunshine Coast University Hospital, suffering suspected spinal injuries, in a stable condition.

(Photo: Courtesy RACQ LifeFlight Rescue.)