SAN DIEGO – Lifeguards Friday used a helicopter to pluck an injured paraglider from a steep cliff face below the Torrey Pines Glider Port.
The paraglider injured his lower leg when he hit the sandstone cliff at around 1 p.m., according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Lt. Rick Romero. The man had been making a left turn when he started to lose altitude and crashed into the cliff.
A paramedic and a lifeguard rappelled down and administered first aid to the injured man, who is in his 30s. Another rescuer was lowered from a helicopter with a sling to hoist the man to safety. The three rescuers worked to secure the paraglider in the sling.
Just after 2 p.m., a SDFRD helicopter hoisted the injured man and a paramedic off the cliff and flew them to a landing pad on the bluff. Paramedics then wheeled the injured man from the helicopter to a waiting ambulance using a gurney.
The paraglider received treatment for his injuries at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and was expected to fully recover.