Staithes Coastguard Rescue Team were called in to help save the crashed paraglider pilot

HART paramedics and Coastguard rescue officers move the victim before attaching him to the rope rescue system and hoisting him up the cliff.

The incident happened on Saturday, May 7. Staithes Coastguard Rescue Officers (CROs) located the victim and administered first aid while Staithes CROs and the Redcar Coastguard Rescue Team set up the necessary rope system to lower a technician from the cliff to the victim.

The CROs were joined by paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (NEAS) and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) who stabilized the victim. He was strapped into a cliff rescue stretcher and carried to the top of the cliff, guided by the cliff technician.

The victim was handed over to NEAS paramedics to be transported to hospital.

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A spokesperson for Staithes Coastguard said: ‘It was a long and demanding rescue, and congratulations to the rescuers from all services who worked together to get this man to safety and care.

“He probably spent more time on the cliff than he should have because we weren’t called immediately. The Coast Guard are the experts in cliff rescue and casualty care, and if you see someone in danger or injured on the cliffs or on the beach and you call 999, the coast guard should be the first service you ask for.

Upon completion of this work, Staithes CRT was again called to report a person in difficulty at sea at Redcar, but both vehicles were stopped by Humber MRCC en route.