Hang-glider escapes serious injury in Stanwell Tops crash

A hang-glider escaped serious injury, but had to be rescued by helicopter, after a crash at Stanwell Tops on Wednesday morning. 

Emergency services were called to the Bald Hill Lookout, off Otford Road, about 10.20am.

The hang-glider, a male whose age was unknown, crashed onto rocks, a NSW Ambulance spokesman said.

Initial reports suggested the pilot was not injured, he said, but a rescue helicopter was called to retrieve him from the rocks.

The helicopter was able to land alongside the man on the rock shelf, and take him to the nearby Stanwell Park beach reserve.

He was taken by road ambulance to Wollongong Hospital with a possible fractured ankle. 

NSW Ambulance duty operations manager Chris Lahene said air and land paramedic resources were called in following reports a person in a hang-glider had “crashed into the water or on the rocks”.

“The person was found on the rocks, basically with a minor leg injury,” he said. 

“The helicopter was able to land near him and extricate him back to the park.

“The helicopter certainly made it much easier to get him out. There was some talk of having to do a winch extraction, but they were able to actually land on the rock shelf, so that made life a whole lot easier for everybody.”

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