Paraglider accident: man left dangling from sea cliff

Glider Dangling from a cliff: witnesses could hear the paraglider’s screams. Photo: Screen grab, Nine News

A man who was rescued while dangling precariously from his paragliding gear entangled in branches on the side of a sheer cliff is in critical condition at Royal North Shore Hospital.

A witness said the man, who has fractured knees and deep lacerations to his arms and legs, may have clipped a tree with his paraglider, causing him to crash into the cliff at Warriewood on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident by a 000 call just before 3:30pm.

People at the park on the cliff top could hear the man’s screams as paramedics and firefighters negotiated a way to get to the paraglider without causing him to plunge to the bottom of the cliff.

“They were going to try to rope the patient down, then they were going to try to winch the patient up,” an Ambulance Service of NSW spokeswoman said.

“His parachute [was] actually hanging on some branches.”

One firefighter and one paramedic were lowered by rope to the man from the cliff top. All three were then lowered to the base of the cliff, and the man was then evacuated to Royal North Shore Hospital.

Georges Magnan, who is president of the Sydney Paragliding & Hang Gliding Club, was near the cliff when the accident occurred and said he could hear the screams of the man.

“We know that he’s alive, because he’s screaming,” he said earlier. “He’s holding on by the last few branches on the very end of the cliff.

“We didn’t really see what happened. He must have clipped a bit of tree with his wing tip,” Mr Magnan said.

An Ambulance Service of NSW spokeswoman said that about 3:30pm they received an emergency call to Narrabeen Park Parade, where a cliff plunges towards the sea.

She said the man had possible fractures in both his knees and deep lacerations to his arms and legs.

“It’s appearing to be difficult to reach the patient,” she said.

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