(GEELONG ADVERTISER) — A 59-year-old man was impaled by a three-inch thick tree branch in a hang gliding mishap near Fairhaven yesterday.

Surgeons at Melbourne’s The Alfred hospital last night removed the 60cm-long branch that pierced his leg when he struck a tree at 30km/h in bushland near the Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club.

It took paramedics about 15 minutes to negotiate the thick scrub to get to the man, who sat beneath a tree in pain.

He was flown to The Alfred with the branch through his leg and resting against his femur shortly after 4pm, more than two hours after being impaled.

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