Paraglider dies after suffering suspected medical episode

Ribblehead.

A paraglider died after suffering a suspected medical episode in the Yorkshire Dales.

The incident happened at Colt Park near Ribblehead on Saturday.

Members of the Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) say they were alerted by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with a potentially serious incident involving a paraglider near the viaduct.

A CRO spokesperson said: “On arrival at the scene a large number of emergency service personnel and resources were present.

“It appeared that the man in question had suffered a medical episode following his flight.

“There was nothing to suggest a crash.

“Sadly, the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Our members assisted in recovering him to an ambulance nearby and the team was stood down. A very sad end to our day.

“Our thoughts are with the deceased’s family and friends, and with all our friends and colleagues in the local paragliding community.”