A PARAGLIDER had to be airlifted to hospital after crashing on Leckhampton Hill yesterday afternoon.
Specialist rope rescuers had to be called in from Coleford in the Forest of Dean to help after the crash which happened just after 4pm.
Fire fighters from Cheltenham East and West fire stations were the first on the scene.
But they soon realised that they needed the help of the trained roped rescue personnel because of the complexity of the situation.
The paraglider, who had crashed onto a steep and overgrown section of the hill, had to be winched to safety.
A Hazardous Area Response Team was also called to the scene along with paramedics and the casualty was successfully rescued before being taken to hospital by air ambulance.
Dave Pike, station commander, said: “It is good to see crews from different areas off the county along with paramedics working together to make sure the casualty has the best possible care.”