Paraglider suffers suspected spinal injuries after Dartmoor crash

A paraglider pilot had to be rescued from a tor before being helicoptered to hospital after crashing on a tor yesterday.

The man suffered rib and suspected spinal injuries and is currently recovering in Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

The fastwing paraglider pilot had crashed on the western slopes of Brat Tor.

The Devon Air Ambulance is at the scene of an incident in Torquay
The Devon Air Ambulance was involved in the rescue (Image: Devon Live/Colleen Smith)

A statement from the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team said: “Just after 18:00 DSRT Tavistock were called out by the Police to assist the Ambulance Service with an incident at Brat Tor. A male Fastwing paraglider pilot had crashed on the steep Western slopes of Brat Tor.

“On arrival at the RV two of our members, a doctor and a qualified Cas Carer, were sent as a hasty response direct to the casualty site. Other members then prepared a wheeled stretcher and kit and set off from High Down.

“A Devon Air Ambulance and a Maritime and Coastguard Agency helicopter landed on high ground near the Tor. Following assessment of the casualty, who had rib and possible spinal injuries, he was packaged in a vacuum mattress.

“With assistance from our members he was then loaded into a stretcher which was moved to a site where he could be winched up to the Coastguard Search & Rescue helicopter. He was then flown to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

“This was another example of good inter-agency co-operation involving personnel from SW Ambulance Service, Police, Devon Air Ambulance, MCA Search & Rescue helicopter and Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team Tavistock.”

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Paragliding is a sport in which a wide canopy resembling a parachute is attached to a person’s body by a harness to allow them to glide through the air after jumping from or being lifted to a height.

Brat Tor, which is south-west of Okehampton, also goes by the name of Brai Tor. The cross on its summit is that of Widgery Cross, placed there for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1887.

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