German tourist rescued after paragliding accident at Garden Route

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A 50-year-old German tourist has been rescued and hospitalised following a paragliding accident at Gericke’s Point in Sedgefield on the Garden Route.

Various teams, including the NSRI, Knysna Fire and Rescue Services and several ambulance and paramedic personnel assisted in the rescue.

The accident scene was dangerous terrain where the patient collided into a rocky sandy dune while paragliding.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon says the man is in a serious but stable condition.

“The patient was stabilised on the scene by paramedics before being secured into a Stokes basket stretcher and hiked, in the care of paramedics, assisted by rescue personnel and by public members to where rescue vehicles were standing by. The patient was transported by a Metro Rescue all-terrain vehicle, along the beach, to the Swartvlei Beach parking area. The patient was transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition by ER24 ambulance.”