Worthing Birdman competitor taken to hospital after awkward fall

A BIRDMAN entrant has been taken to hospital as a ‘precautionary measure’ after falling awkwardly into the water.

Saturday, 12th July 2014, 3:54 pm

The woman was treated by paramedics after her jump and was taken to Worthing Hospital for a check-up after complaining of back pain.

Organiser Sharon Clarke said: “She fell in a bit awkwardly and we won’t take any chances, as she potentially hurt her back.

“The paramedics were not overly concerned but she has been taken to hospital for a check-up.”

The first day of the competition is over, with two veteran flyers guaranteeing the £10,000 prize would be won tomorrow.

Tony Hughes flew 117.1 metres, before Ron Freeman glided his way to 159.8 metres.

Mrs Clarke confirmed the ‘cheque had been prepared’ and all that was left was to decide whose name is put on it on Sunday.

She said: “It was absolutely brilliant. Both of them are flying really well.

“The prize goes to the person who flies the farthest distance over the two days. The conditions are looking similar tomorrow so we are in for another good day.”

For the full story, see the Herald, out Thursday, July 17.