Man in 50s airlifted to hospital in Bristol by Chivenor search and rescue.

A paraglider pilot was airlifted to hospital yesterday (Sunday) afternoon after crashing into Codden Hill near Bishops Tawton.

The man in his 50s is understood to have suffered a broken leg plus two broken ribs. He was taken directly to Bristol’s Frenchay Hospital by the search and rescue helicopter from Chivenor.

South Western Ambulance Service said it was called at 1.36pm, with land ambulance crews and Devon Air Ambulance attending the scene.

Other fliers, one of whom was a doctor, gave initial first aid at the scene before paramedics arrived.

Because of the rugged terrain the air ambulance was unable to take the man to safety and an RAF Sea King crew from RMB Chivenor was called upon to winch him directly from the scene.

The man is a member of the Devon and Somerset Condors Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club.

Chairman Harriet Pottinger said he is an experienced pilot and has been flying for some time.

She said it was understood the paraglider partially collapsed due to turbulent air whilst he was too close to the ground to re-inflate it in time.

She said Sunday had offered superb conditions for hang gliding and paragliding, but that brought with it a fair amount of unstable air.

Harriet added that the pilot, his wife and everyone involved with club would like to thank all the emergency services for their efforts.

An incident report will now be sent to the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, which will conduct any investigation required on behalf of the Air Accident Investigation Branch.