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Injured paraglider rescued in Glen Coe

Coastguard helicopter on rescue Image copyright Glencoe MRT
Image caption The rescue operation was launched on Monday afternoon

A paraglider was rescued after being injured in a crash into a hillside in the Highlands.

The 36-year-old man got into difficulty in Glen Coe on Monday afternoon and came down on Creag Dubh.

The alarm was raised at 16:30 and members of Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team and the Inverness Coastguard search and rescue helicopter went to his aid.

He was winched onboard the helicopter and flown to a waiting ambulance which took him to hospital in Fort William.

Image copyright Ian McConnell
Image caption Inverness Coastguard and Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team went to the man's aid

The man injured his left foot, right ankle and elbow.

Helicopter captain George Baird said: "This job was challenging due to the steep ground and narrow gully that the casualty was in.

"The mountain rescue team did a great job of securing the scene and assisting the winchman to stabilise the casualty.

"They also played a key role in helping with the winching operation that made a very tricky job a lot more straight forward."

Image copyright Ian McConnell/Glencoe MRT
Image caption The coastguard praised the efforts of Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team

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