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Dramatic 24-hour rescue of paraglider after forest crashlanding 


Firefighters from La Orotava and La Laguna were involved in a dramatic rescue which saw a paraglider stranded for almost 24 hours on a vertical rock in a dense forest.

The accident happened in an isolated area of the picturesque district known as La Corona in Los Realejos.

The 112 emergency centre received an alert that the paraglider, who turned out to be a Polish man, had crashlanded but had become entangled in a tree alongside a steep rocky wall.

This hampered the rescue operation which started with the call at 6pm.

The emergency helicopter went to the area and realised the impossibility of the rescue by air.

Because of this and the fact that it was getting dark, it was decided to land the helicopter on the football field at Los Realejos and pick up a firefighter to show him the scene. He was then dropped off in the area whilst other firefighters made their way to the difficult location.

A spokesman for 112 explained that the firemen managed to get about 150 metres from the site of the accident through a pulley system.

The paraglider had managed to untangle himself and they were able to speak to him and verify that he was okay and that he had clothes to shelter for the night.

Because darkness arrived, it was decided to wait until dawn to complete the rescue but even then, efforts were hampered by bad weather and fog which meant abandoning the helicopter rescue descent several times.

Eventually, however, two firefighters were winched down to the man and all three were successfully lifted to safety.

It is understood the Polish man was not hurt.