Air rescue aids injured paraglider

A■ By Mary Ann Morris / Editor

paraglider’s peaceful flight through San Jacinto ended up with a detour to the hospital after he crashed in a remote area near Soboba Soaring at the base of the San Jacinto mountains on Sunday, May 21.
An air rescue crew from Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department was called at about 10:30 a.m. to rescue the paraglider, who suffered serious injuries, including a broken elbow, according to Darrel Wood, owner of the property that Soboba Soaring operates on.
The helicopter crew was able to hoist the man out of the remote location, where he was then transported by ground ambulance to the hospital, according to fire officials.
Wood said the man, who wasn’t taking a class and appeared to be flying solo, was riding a “speed wing” paraglider, which is smaller and faster than a regular paraglider and often used to fly very close to the face of the mountain, often called “carving the mountain.”

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