Hang glider slammed into cliff face
EMERGENCY Services from Mossman and Port Douglas came to the rescue of a 50-year- old male hang glider who spiralled out of control and slammed into the cliff face at the Rex Lookout on Saturday.
Port Douglas Auxiliary firefighter Clayton “Ditch” Vladich said the man launched just after 1pm but a “gust of wind threw him into a cliff face”.
“He was about 10 to 12 metres down off the edge, we had all the services there, QAS, police and the firies and we set up anchor points and a tow line and made access to him,” he said.
“There was a safety line on the front of his stretcher and a cliff-master that pulls up as you pass up, we passed him back up the hill, it was one of those lucky situations where it wasn’t a straight drop.
“We were able to hold onto the line and rope and get down there and convoy him up, we couldn’t walk him up.”
According to Mr Vladich, this incident does not occur often and the man was just “unlucky”.
“The last time a hang glider crashed was probably about 10 years ago in about the same area, it was just an unlucky incident,” he said.
The man was taken to the Cairns Base Hospital with a suspected shoulder injury and concussion.
Meanwhile, local auxiliary firefighters were also kept busy on Sunday helping out with the fire that engulfed the Cairns Hardware warehouse in Cairns, which caused over $1 million of damage and is believed to have started from an electrical fault.
ON THE WAY UP: Emergency Services personnel join forces to rescue the injured hang glider