Paramedics in England's remote Lake District region have been testing a jet suit that gets them to people in danger or distress in a fraction of the time it would take to travel by car or on foot.
In scenes reminiscent of a James Bond movie, test pilot and suit inventor Richard Browning hovers and moves a few metres above the rough terrain with the help of small jets mounted on his arms and back in a recent test flight.
"Who knows what the future holds but this is a start we are very proud of," Mr Browning said.
The ABC reports, the technology, developed by UK-based Gravity Industries, drastically reduces response times in rough terrain, potentially saving lives.
"The potential is just huge," said helicopter paramedic Andy Mawson.
"The first flight in Cumbria from a jet suit that is going to save lives and ease suffering — an incredible moment.
In the filmed test simulation, a 10-year-old girl had fallen from cliffs and sustained a serious leg injury.
After receiving the coordinates of the casualty, Mr Browning put on the jet suit and set off across rocky hills to the girl in 90 seconds.
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