15 Nov 2013

Dramatic rescue after paraponter crashes

7:04 pm on 15 November 2013

A seriously injured paraponter has been flown to Christchurch Hospital with spinal injuries after a dramatic rescue near the Mount Cheeseman ski field in Darfield.

Westpac rescue helicopter pilot Stuart Farquhar says the man was in a precarious position on a steep rocky slope, secured only by his parachute which was snagged on a rock.

Mr Farquhar told Radio New Zealand's Checkpoint programme he had to return to Christchurch to pick up a team of alpine rescue specialists who managed to winch the man to safety.

He said the man appears to have crashed into the side of the mountain after a gust of wind caused part of his parachute to collapse.