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Lucky escape for paraglider who crashed on Waterford mountain

The man crashed near the summit of Seefin Mountain, and was airlifted down by the Rescue 117 crew.

Updated at 3pm

A PARAGLIDER HAS been airlifted to hospital after crashing in the Comeragh Mountains in Waterford.

The incident happened on Saturday near the summit of Seefin Mountain.

Gardaí in Waterford received a call for assistance, and requested the services of the Waterford-based Coast Guard helicopter at around 1.25pm.

The South Eastern Mountain Mountain Rescue team also responded.

The man was taken from the hillside with the assistance of the team and passing hillwalkers.

He was airlifted to Waterpark Rugby Club, close to Waterford city, and transferred by ambulance to University Hospital Waterford. 

A source involved in the mountaintop rescue said he sustained a suspected leg break just above the ankle, and described him as a “lucky man”.

1 Source: John Foley/South East Mountain Rescue

2 Photos of the response from the SEMR team... Source: John Foley/South East Mountain Rescue

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