Injured paraglider rescued from Waitpinga Cliffs

An injured paraglider has been rescued after he was discovered clinging to a cliff near Kings Beach, Waitpinga this morning.

At about 11.25am on Friday March 5, the Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) received a triple zero call when another paraglider flying overhead spotted the man clinging to a cliff, above a 40 metre drop.

MFS, CFS, SES, SAPOL and SA Ambulance crews attended the scene and a rescue helicopter was called in to help with the retrieval.

More than 25 emergency services personnel worked together for over an hour to rescue the man.

One MFS firefighter and an SA Ambulance paramedic were lowered to the injured paraglider and attached rescue lines to his paragliding harness.

Joint rescue: An injured paraglider is winched to safety atop Waitpinga Cliffs by emergency services personnel. Photo: Elizabeth Steele-Collins.

Joint rescue: An injured paraglider is winched to safety atop Waitpinga Cliffs by emergency services personnel. Photo: Elizabeth Steele-Collins.

He was placed on a stretcher before they were winched to safety by emergency services personnel above, in a joint-agency effort.

The injured man has been transported to hospital.

Local resident Elizabeth Steele-Collins was alerted to the rescue by the sounds of a police helicopter circling overhead.

"I walked out to the cliffs and saw a number of emergency services personnel attending an injured paraglider before getting him safely off the cliffs," Ms Steele-Collins said.

"It was probably about 12.10pm when we first heard the helicopter, which appeared to be looking for a place to land.

"The emergency services personnel all did a great job to get the man to safety. They were working on him for quite a while so I hope he is not too badly injured."

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