A MALE paraglider died on Saturday following a flight at Colt Park, near Ribblehead.

Emergency services including two ambulances and Cave Rescue Organisation, were dispatched in the early afternoon to reports of an incident involving a paraglider.

CRO received a call from the ambulance service as it was dealing with an earlier incident at Malham involving a male who had experienced problems while climbing the steps to the top of the cove.

A spokesperson for CRO said: "One of our vehicles, with advanced medical personnel on board was redirected from Malham and a duty controller was also sent to the scene. Other members were called to our depot to await developments.

"On arrival at the scene a large number of emergency service personnel and resources were present. It appeared that the man in question had suffered a medical episode following his flight. There was nothing to suggest a crash. Sadly, the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Our members assisted in recovering him to an ambulance nearby and the team was stood down.

"Our thoughts are with the deceased’s family and friends, and with all our friends and colleagues in the local paragliding community."

A spokesperson for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service said: "We received an emergency call at 1.50pm on Saturday afternoon to report an incident involving a paraglider at Colt Park, Ribblesdale. In addition to Cave Rescue, Yorkshire Ambulance Service dispatched two ambulances, and air ambulance and team leader to the scene. Sadly, the man was pronounced dead at the scene."