Paraglider pilot transported by LifeFlight after 200-foot fall in Salt Lake City

Life Flight coming in with the patient on the hoist. He was quickly loaded into the helicopter and transported to a local hospital. 03/27/2018

Posted by Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, March 28, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A paraglider pilot was flown to the hospital Tuesday night after falling 200 feet in the foothills near the west face of Grandeur Peak in Salt Lake City late Tuesday afternoon.

Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was called out just before 5:45 p.m. for a 48-year-old male paraglider pilot that crashed in the foothills at around 6800 feet, according to a news release on Facebook.

Witnesses said they saw the paraglider’s wing collapse and then the pilot dropped with a partial open glider for around 200 feet to the ground.

“A search and rescue team was sent up the mountain and got to the patient and was able to package the patient and help LifeFlight get the patient ready for a hoist,” the news release said. “The patient was flown down to a nearby school’s playground where he was then prepped for a flight to a local hospital.”

The man’s injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

All SAR members were off the mountain by 8:30 p.m., the news release said.

Salt Lake County SAR and LifeFlight were assisted in the rescue by Unified Police Department and Unified Fire Authority.


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