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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Glider pilots make emergency landing to avoid lightning storm

Two pilots escaped unhurt after being forced to make an emergency landing to avoid an electrical storm.

The pilots were flying gliders over Cumbria when the storm began yesterday evening.

Both were forced to make a dramatic emergency landing in a field near Aspatria to avoid lightning strikes.

They managed to avoid serious injury after successfully landing the gliders in the field, Cumbria police confirmed.

Police were alerted to the incident by London Traffic Control and confirmed both pilots were unharmed.

A ground team was scrambled to rescue the pair and return them to safety as the storm raged.

Police said they were informed of the emergency landing in case there were any reports from the public concerned about a possible crash.

A Cumbria police spokeswoman said: “The two pilots took the precaution to avoid the thunderstorm.”

The Met Office has issued a further weather warning for north and east Cumbria today.

Thundery downpours will continue throughout the afternoon into the evening, forecasters say.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “The public should be aware of the risk of spray on roads and local surface water flooding.”

The yellow alert is in place for the period from 3pm to 10pm.

Parts of the county were hit by torrential downpours, thunder and lightening overnight, with the worst of the weather reported in the west.

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