Hang glider slammed into cliff face

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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