Lifeguards and firefighters were responding to the crash when they got word of the second stranded man, SDFRD spokesman Lee Swanson said.
Rescuers lowered themselves down to the victims on ropes and then hauled them back to the top of the bluff. Paramedics airlifted the hang glider, who was conscious throughout his ordeal, to Scripps La Jolla Hospital for treatment of a back injury of unknown severity. The second rescued man was uninjured, Swanson said.
The victim told authorities he had a couple years of experience hang gliding and didn’t catch enough wind for the chute to properly inflate, causing him to crash into the cliffs below the Glider Port.