Date
23 August 2017
A paragliding enthusiast prepares for landing at Long Ke Wan beach in Sai Kung. Accidents are not uncommon in this adventure sport. Photo: Hong Kong Paragliding School/Facebook
A paragliding enthusiast prepares for landing at Long Ke Wan beach in Sai Kung. Accidents are not uncommon in this adventure sport. Photo: Hong Kong Paragliding School/Facebook

Paraglider rushed to hospital after accident in Lantau

An experienced paraglider suffered an accident Sunday in Hong Kong and had to be rushed to a hospital, Headline Daily reported.

A chopper from the Government Flying Service was called in after a 49-year-old paragliding enthusiast crashed into a hillside on Lantau Island after being struck by a sudden gust of wind, it said.

The man, who was identified by his surname Ho, was paragliding with his friend at Pak Kung Au at about 1 pm.

He was supposed to land on the Cheung Sha Lower Beach, but a sudden change in wind direction sent him hurtling into a hillside, causing some injuries.

A friend then called the Fire Services Department for help. As the firemen found that it was hard to move him though mountain trails for treatment, they called in the Government Flying Service for a helicopter.

Pak Kung Au is one of eight popular hotspots for paragliding in Hong Kong.

In 2008, a man was hit by a gale when he was paragliding at the same spot. He fell on to a hillside, hurting his waist and feet. It took four hours for firemen to carry out a rescue operation.

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