Man, 65, falls from the sky in Lancashire paragliding accident

He was airlifted to Fulwood Barracks before being transported to Royal Preston Hospital

A 65-year-old was rushed to hospital after falling from the sky in a paragliding accident in Lancashire.

A rescue operation was launched on Easter Monday after the man fell ‘approximately 40ft out of the air’ due to the wing of his paraglider collapsing. Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team were called to the scene along with an air ambulance and coast guard helicopter.

Due to the location, the air ambulance could not land on the steep ground near the injured man. Instead, he was placed into a large body splint before being winched into a coast guard helicopter.

Photographs released by BPMRT on Facebook show members trying to help him at the scene on Monday evening. He was flown to Fulwood Barracks before being transported by ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital.

No details have been released about the nature or severity of the man’s injuries.

In a statement on Facebook, a BPMRT spokesperson said: “Last night [Monday], the team were called to a 65-year-old male who had fallen approx—40 ft out of the air due to the wing collapsing of his paraglider. A passing doctor administered initial first aid treatment until the air ambulance crew arrived on the scene.

“Team members went up from Fell foot with rescue equipment, including a stretcher and a large body splint. Due to the location, the air ambulance could not land on the steep ground near the casualty and to protect the casualty, the decision was made to winch him into a Coast Guard helicopter.

“After treating his injuries he was placed in a vacuum mattress (a large body splint) and then placed on the mountain rescue stretcher. He was then winched into the coast guard helicopter before being flown to Fulwood Barracks.

“Due to the size of the aircraft it has to land there and then the patient is transported by ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery.”