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Rescue operation underway after paragliders crash land in Wicklow mountains

Sam Griffin

Published 18/04/2014 | 17:12

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Coastguard helicopter has launched rescue operation for paragliders who crash landed in Wicklow Mountains
Coastguard helicopter has launched rescue operation for paragliders who crash landed in Wicklow Mountains

A rescue operation is underway on Kippure mountain in the Dublin-Wicklow mountains after two men paragliding crash landed there.

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The coastguard dispatched a helicopter from Waterford and a team from the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team attended the scene of the crash near the top of the mountain at the television mast.

A coastguard spokesperson said the helicopter also attended the scene and the men were assessed. He said one man was more seriously injured than the other.

One of the men was believed to be an instructor, the other a student.

Both men were airlifted and taken to Tallaght Hospital.

However, it is understood that the injuries sustained are life threatening.

One of the paragliders, aged 33, sustained injuries to his shoulder and arm.

The second man is not understood to have suffered any injury.

A coastguard spokesperson said earlier an airlift was required as the point where the crash occurred is inaccessible by foot.

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