Newhaven Lifeboat launched to rescue injured paraglider

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The Newhaven Lifeboat was launched to rescue an injured paraglider on Sunday morning (August 2).

The Severn Class lifeboat ‘RNLB Daniel L Gibson’ and volunteer crew were out on a Sunday morning training session when they received the call at 11:18am.

The paraglider had dialled 999 to say he was injured and required assistance after crash-landing on rocks midway between Newhaven and Peacehaven.

The lifeboat immediately aborted its exercise and proceeded at best speed to the location the paraglider had given.

Once at the scene, the inflatable Y-boat was launched with two first aid trained crew members, who quickly made their way to the injured male below the old radar station.

As the crew arrived, the man was standing on the rocks packing his paraglider kit away. The Y-boat crew reported he had minor cuts and bruises to both legs and pain in both ankles from a heavy landing on to the foreshore.

The crew helped the paraglider into the Y-boat and returned him to the main lifeboat.

The paraglider was taken to the Newhaven lifeboat station where an ambulance was waiting. He was handed over into the care of the ambulance service at 12:10pm.

Deputy Second Coxswain Phill Corsi said: “This is the fourth incident involving a paraglider this year. As we were already training in the area, our crew were quickly at the scene and were able to assist him.”

Newhaven lifeboat then returned to station and was again ready for service at 12:30 hours.

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