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Man dies in hang gliding accident on NSW coast

A second person has been left critically injured

A man has tragically died and another has been left critically injured after a hang gliding crash on the New South Wales coast this afternoon.

Emergency services where called to Lennox Head, around 20 kilometres south of Byron Bay, where the 67-year-old hang gliding instructor was pronounced dead.

It’s understood that his tandem partner, a 27-year-old man, was treated by paramedics before being winched from the cliff and flown to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

Speaking to news.com.au, NSW Ambulance Inspector Greg Powell has described the rescue as ‘extremely complex’ due to the rugged terrain and high cliffs where the incident occurred.

‘We always do everything we can to try and get the best patient outcome, but unfortunately, in this instance there was nothing more we could do,’ he said.

‘It was an extremely tragic accident and understandably everyone involved is devastated,’ he added.

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