Paraglider is rescued near Blackwater
AN INJURED paraglider was airlifted to hospital by helicopter after he was involved in an accident near Blackwater on Sunday afternoon.
Emergency services were alerted after the man was seen plunging from an estimated 100 ft in the air onto the beach at Knocknasillogue about a mile north of Blackwater at about 2. 15 p.m.
Curracloe Coastguard were dispatched to the scene by the Marine Rescue Control Centre after the alarm was raised.
An ambulance arrived but was unable to gain vehicular access to the beach.
The ambulance crew had to walk about 500 metres along the strand to reach the injured man.
An ambulance paramedic tended to the man at the scene. He also received medical assistance from another paramedic who was lowered to the beach from a Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter.
The paraglider sustained back injuries and was airlifted to Waterford Regional Hospital for treatment.
He is a member of the Irish Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association and is from the south east.