Paramotor pilot recovering after crashing onto Cleethorpes beach
THE paramotor pilot who crashed onto Cleethorpes beach is recovering in hospital.
The 40-year-old man was rushed to Grimsby's Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital with a broken ankle and suspected spinal injuries after he crash-landed the motorised glider on Friday night.
Cleethorpes Coastguard were called out at 9pm after shocked onlookers saw him plummet from the skies.
The pilot was flying very low from the Pier towards the Leisure Centre when it appears he lost control of the paramotor.
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Stephen Clarke, of the Old Farm House in Hatcliffe, was dining in Valeries when they saw the craft fall.
He said: "We noticed the pilot cruising quite low, about 20 feet, in the direction of the leisure centre. He was very close to the promenade.
"When he got opposite the Kingsway he seemed to take a vertical arc and must have been well above the height of the houses.
"He executed what looked like a turn to return in the opposite direction but just after the apex he seemed to gain downward speed and did not appear to straighten out for flying or landing.
"He disappeared from view, and the canopy collapsed. The ambulance arrived within minutes, and someone from the cafe had run out to help."
Another eye witness was fishing beside the big wheel on the main promenade.
He said: "He went up to the end of Wonderland then turned back up the beach. At one time, he was very low over the water and was flying along about 30 metres off the sea edge in the Wonderland area.
"At one stage I was concerned he was going to ditch."
The coastguard initially thought he had suffered spinal injuries but thankfully this is not the case.
A friend posted on www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk: "I am glad he received immediate help from the paramedics, coastguard and police.
"He is in hospital and being looked after. He is recovering."