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Instructor injured on Bodyflight zip wire

A 21-year-old man has been airlifted to hospital after he was seriously injured on a zip wire in Bedfordshire.

East of England Ambulance Service was called to Bodyflight at Twinwoods Business Park in Clapham, near Bedford, at 14.20 BST on Thursday.

The man - an instructor at the activity centre - was flown by the East Anglian Air Ambulance to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

An East of England Ambulance spokesman said his injuries were "life-changing".

The privately-owned activity centre has a 200m (636ft) zip wire where users reach speeds of up to 35mph (56km/h).

A spokesman for Bodyflight said the injured man had been demonstrating the zip wire during a normal activity session.

"He's an experienced staff member who has been here at least two years and has done the activity hundreds of times," he said.

'Extreme nature'

The zip wire and its twin activity, Vertigo, which simulates base jumping, were both shut following the accident but the rest of the centre remained open.

The spokesman said the man had not fallen off the zip wire but had been injured at the bottom.

"We don't know the full details. A full investigation is now under way," he said.

"We're a large centre that sees an awful lot of traffic and people and we have very few incidents at all, bearing in mind the extreme nature of what we do."

The incident is the third involving a zip wire that the East Anglian Air Ambulance has attended in the past week.

Last Thursday a 12-year-old girl was flown to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with a back injury following a fall in Hoxne, near Eye, Suffolk.

On Friday a 20-year-old woman was flown to the same hospital with a injury she suffered while using a zip wire at Beeston Regis, near Sheringham, Norfolk.

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