Paraglider injured after crash in Derbyshire

A paraglider has suffered back and abdominal injuries after coming down in Derbyshire.

Saturday, 23rd April 2016, 8:18 pm
Updated Saturday, 23rd April 2016, 9:23 pm
The air ambulance above Alfreton town centre on Saturday afternoon

A police spokesman said officers, the air ambulance and a mountain rescue team had been dispatched to the incident after a call was received at 2.45pm today.

The paraglider fell to the ground at Rushup Edge, close to Mam Tor, in the Peak District.

The police spokesman said: “We received a call at 2.44pm to a report that a paraglider had fallen to the ground at Rushup Edge in the Peak District.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

“The air ambulance, a mountain rescue team and police have all been sent to the scene.

“He has been assessed and it is believed he has suffered chest and spinal injuries.

“At this stage we not yet know if those injuries are either life threatening or life changing. No other details are yet available in terms of his identification and he has been taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.”

Rushup Edge is a ridge, the highest point of which is Lord’s Seat, at 550m, or 1,804ft.

In October 2014, mountain bikers, walkers, horse riders, climbers and conservationists held a protest against Derbyshire County Council maintenance work being carried out there.