An elderly paraglider pilot swam to shore and clambered on to rocks after crashing into the ocean off Sydney’s northern beaches.
A rescue operation is underway to evacuate the 91-year-old from a cliff face near Warriewood Beach.
Police and paramedics arrived at the scene before 6pm on Sunday after reports the man had crashed his paraglider into the water.
An elderly paraglider pilot swam to shore and clambered on to rocks, where he was rescused, after crashing into the ocean off Sydney’s northern beaches
Footage from the scene showed the paraglider being treated by paramedics, seeming alert and relatively uninjured.
He appeared to have a minor cut to his wrist, and NSW police said he injured his wrist and leg in the crash.
‘The man has been checked at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics and appears to only have cuts and bruises,’ they said.
Paramedics covered the man in a light blue blanket and led him safely along the rocks.
Paramedics covered the man in a light blue blanket and led him safely along the rocks
The 91-year-old swam to rocks near Warriewood Beach (pictured) after the crash landing
The rescue took two hours until he was able to be winched to the top of the cliffs and taken to Royal North Shore Hospital as a precaution.
Rescuers said he was in ‘good spirits’ and paramedics were even seen laughing as they helped him up a ladder.
The chute and engine have also been retrieved from the water.