Paraglid­ers col­lide

HE­LI­COPTER AND PARAMEDICS CALLED TO SCENE

Bray People - - NEWS -

A MA­JOR res­cue oper­a­tion was launced in Glen­cree on Good Fri­day fol­low­ing a paraglid­ing crash in­volv­ing two men.

The pi­lot and pas­sen­ger in a tan­dem glider crashed into the hills, ac­cord­ing to eye­wit­ness Fred Lahiff of Paraglide Ad­ven­ture, a com­pany that of­fers paraglid­ing cour­ses in the area but which was not re­spon­si­ble for the ill-fated flight.

Mr Lahiff ex­plained that Lough Bray is a pop­u­lar glid­ing spot for other groups and in­di­vid­ual users as well as those tak­ing lessons there from his own com­pany, and that the area was very busy on Fri­day.

Both men who were in­volved in the ac­ci­dent are from Dublin. They were brought to hospi­tal and re­leased shortly af­ter­wards. The pi­lot suf­fered a bro­ken arm and the pas­sen­ger was un­harmed. The ex­act cause of the col­li­sion ‘re­mains to be seen,’ said Fred who said that there will be an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. He said he knows the pi­lot from paraglid­ing cir­cles. ‘Hap­pily, no­body was se­ri­ously in­jured,’ he added.

This oc­curred on Fri­day evening at around 5 p.m. near the Glen­cree Cen­tre for Peace and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. A spokesper­son there said that their staff did not wit­ness the ac­ci­dent. They were aware of it and some res­cue per­son­nel came in to the cen­tre that evening.

Gar­dai from Bray Garda Sta­tion and other emer­gency ser­vices launched a mas­sive joint oper­a­tion to res­cue the vic­tims of the ac­ci­dent.

A Coast­guard he­li­copter, paramedics and the fire bri­gade were all in­volved in the search and res­cue oper­a­tion as well as the Dublin-Wick­low Moun­tain Res­cue Team and the Glen of Imaal Moun­tain Res­cue Team.

There were over a dozen people in the moun­tain­ous area be­tween Glen­cree and Kip­pure to par­tic­i­pate in the ac­tiv­ity that evening dur­ing per­fect con­di­tions for hang glid­ing and paraglid­ing.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the glid­ing in­ci­dent has been launched by the Air Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit. They will pre­pare a re­port re­leased on the cir­cum­stances when the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­plete.

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