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Paraglider is airlifted to hospital

By Staff Reporter

A paraglider has been rescued after suffering a serious injury on a Co Armagh mountain.

The casualty was part of a group paragliding on Slieve Gullion when the accident occurred yesterday at lunchtime.

The Mourne Mountain Rescue Team had been training in the Annalong Valley when the call came in and was able to respond immediately.

Police and an Ambulance Service paramedic were already on scene and treating the casualty for a serious leg injury.

A total of 22 members from the mountain rescue team responded. When they arrived at the site, the casualty was ready for evacuation.

Due to the nature of the injury, the team requested the assistance of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter from Dublin.

The patient was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast at around 3pm and the rescue team was stood down by 6.15pm.

The rescue was co-ordinated by Belfast Coastguard.

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