UPDATE @ 3.20 PM | A man has been killed in a tragic paragliding accident in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Around 8.20am on Tuesday, emergency services were called to a private property on Toe Holt Road in Witheren, following reports a paraglider had crashed.
In a statement released a short time ago, police confirmed “preliminary investigations indicate the paraglider crashed shortly after take-off from a nearby location”.
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Despite desperate attempts by paramedics, the paraglider, a 58-year-old man from Coorparoo, was declared deceased at the scene.
Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
EARLIER @ 10.15AM | There are grave fears for a paraglider, after a serious crash in the hinterland earlier this morning.
Emergency services were called to a private property along Toe Holt Road in Witherin just before 8.00am, with the rescue chopper deployed shortly after.
It’s understood a paraglider crashed into dense bush land, with paramedics confirming they attended to a person with critical injuries.
Police investigators have just arrived on the scene, to investigate the circumstances that lead to the crash.
All emergency services remain on scene, with no transports to hospital.
EARLIER @ 8.30AM | A rescue helicopter has been deployed to the hinterland this morning, after a serious paragliding incident.
Emergency services were called to a private property in Witheren just before 8.00am, following reports of the incident.
Crews have been on scene for at least half an hour, with little details known at this stage.
Queensland Ambulance reports that one person is believed to have been involved, but cannot confirm that.
A rescue helicopter has been deployed to the area.
#Witheren – Paramedics are on the scene of a reported serious paragliding incident that occurred at a private address around 7.50am.
— Queensland Ambulance (@QldAmbulance) September 7, 2020
More to come.