Hang-glider and paraglider rescued after mid-air crash

ninemsn staff
9:26am June 24, 2013
June 24, 2013: A male hang-glider and a female paraglider have survived a dramatic mid-air collision in skies over the Gold Coast hinterland.

The dramatic moment a hang-glider and paraglider collided mid-air in the Gold Coast Hinterland has been captured on film.

Video shows the two crashing into each other at Beechmont before becoming tangled and plummeting into thick forest below.

A fellow hang-glider filmed the crash with a camera attached to his helmet.

Firefighters took about two hours to free the male hang-glider and female paraglider after they landed in separate trees in forest on the side of steep cliff, the Courier-Mail reported.

A team of 10 firefighters used ropes and lines to reach the trapped pair and lower them to safety.

Fire officer Mark Gribble described the rescue attempt as "very tricky", adding the pair did not suffer any injuries.

"They were about 100m down a very vertical cliff face," he said.

"It was heavily wooded scrub with razor-sharp vines and they were hanging about 20m up in the canopy.

"There were no injuries, apart from their pride I'd suspect."

Source: Courier-Mail
Author: Sophie Cousins, Approving Editor: Jack Hawke.

© ninemsn 2014
Do you have any story leads, photos or videos?