Paraglider sparks major search after being seen ‘spiralling down’ into forest

A major search operation was sparked in Cumbria after reports that a paraglider had crashed into a forest.

Emergency crews said the paraglider was seen to be “spiralling down and heading into a forested area of Arnside Park”.

Search dogs, mountain rescue teams, police, firefighters, coastguard, lifeboat, hovercraft, and a helicopter were called out to help search for the missing paraglider at around 4.25pm on December 30.

Teams spent several hours scouring the area from land and air, as well as in the water of Morecambe Bay.

Kendal Mountain Rescue Team posted about the incident on Facebook, saying: “Team called by NWAS after a motorised para glider was seen to be spiralling down and heading into a forested area of Arnside Park. 2 x team searchdogs and 2 further searchdogs from Lakes District Mountain Rescue Searchdogs deployed to the area with the team.

“Cumbria Police, Cumbria Fire Service, HM Coastguard, Helicopter Rescue 912 and Bay Rescue also attended this incident.”

Emergency services were called to help look for the paraglider near Arnside Knott
(Image: Kendal Mountain Rescue Team)

Morecambe Coastguard Rescue Team added: “Morecambe Coastguard were called to assist their neighbouring team in a search for a missing hang glider reported to have come down around the new barns area. The team joined members of the fire service, mountain rescue, Morecambe Lifeboat hovercraft and coastguard search helicopter to search for the missing glider around the coast and Arnside Knott.”

The search ended just before 7.30pm, after the motorised paraglider, which matched the description and timings of the incident, made a safe landing in a nearby beach.

The person was said to be safe and well.

Kendal Mountain Rescue Team also attended a second call-out at 4.42pm after a concerned member of the public rang 999 after seeing flashing lights from Farleton Knott.

The caller believed that they had witnessed an SOS signal and rescue volunteers conducted a search.

Nothing was found and the incident was classed as a call made with good intent.

Lancs Live – Cumbria