Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Major rescue operation launched to help paraglider

A major rescue operation was launched by East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service after a paraglider became stranded on the South Downs above Firle.

The emergency call came in to the Mobilising & Communications Centre last Friday (20th July) at 11.41am.

A technical rescue crew from Lewes, along with the line rescue teams from Battle and Bexhill, were sent to the incident.

The woman was stranded 45 metres down the bankside and various emergency services worked alongside each other to assist, including: crews from the Kent Helicopter Emergency Service (HEMS), the Hazard Area Rescue Team (HART), South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMB), Sussex Police and ESFRS. The combined line rescue team helped to bring the woman down safely.

ESFRS Watch Manager Dave Washington said: “The rescue was undertaken in a controlled manor to prevent further injury, lasting 45 minutes from arrival. The woman was then taken to the Trauma Centre at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.”

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