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Paraglider injured on Mt. Roberts

Posted: May 31, 2011 - 8:50pm

At 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Capital City Fire and Rescue responded to a paraglider on Mount Roberts who reportedly lost lift and fell approximately 50 feet to the ground.

“Reports were that half of his paraglider collapsed,” CCFR Fire Chief Richard Etheridge said.

CCFR responded with 10 department members from a medical crew, special teams crew and a medevac crew. The ground team was dispatched up the tram to evaluate and package the patient, a local man in his mid-30s. One of the paraglider’s fellow flyers had the man out of his harness when rescue personnel arrived.

Etheridge said the man complained of pains in his side and as a precautionary measure he was placed in a cervical collar and on a backboard.

A Temsco Helicopter and medevac removed the man from the mountain a few hundred feet from Father Brown’s Cross. He was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The entire operation took approximately two hours from the time of the incident.

The Federal Aviation Administration distinguishes where paragliders can operate within the city limits and surrounding areas.

According to Etheridge paragliding is not illegal from Mount Roberts and many flyers land along Thane Road by Alaska Marine Lines or in the AML entrance roads themselves.

• Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.

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