A DRAMATIC rescue mission took place in the Ochils on Sunday after a paraglider crashed into the hills.

Dozens of people from a range of agencies worked together to rescue the glider who crashed into the side of Dumyat just after 3pm.

Following a 999 call, the Ochil Mountrain Rescue Team scrambled into action as a Maritime and Coastguard helicopter was summoned due to the difficult terrain.

On the way to the site, the helicopter stopped at Glasgow Airport to pickup trauma doctors who were then dropped at the site.

Ross MacIntyre of OMRT, told the Advertiser about the operation.

He said: “The team got a call that there was a crashed paraglider in the steep slopes of Dumyat. We worked with police and a maritime helicopter.

“It stopped on route at Glasgow Airport’s ScotSTAR base (retrieval service) to pick up trauma doctors because of the uncertain nature of the crash.

“They got dropped off at the site with some of our rescue personnel with ambulances also there.”

Ross went on to say that rescue assistance was needed and the ambulance service decided that their helicopter wasn’t appropriate for this incident, hence the requirement for a maritime unit which could get closer to the hillside.

After taking the casualty off the hill, the glider was transported to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, where his condition is currently unknown.

OMRT then had to mobilise four extra members to the hill to guide the police and ambulance staff off by foot in the pitch dark.

All emergency service staff eventually made it down at 7.30pm.

Ross added: “The helicopter pilot done some outstanding flying in very difficult lighting and conditions. We wish the casualty well.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Around 15.20 on Wednesday, January 2, we were called to Dumyat Hill near Blairlogie following reports a paraglider had crashed.

“Along with other emergency services we were able to assist the 28-year-old involved and he's been flown to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow to receive treatment for his injuries.”