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Paraglider injured after crashing into tree

Apr 08 2012

A paraglider who crash-landed into a tree near Agassiz Friday was airlifted to a Vancouver hospital.

When Chilliwack RCMP arrived on the scene at 5: 30 p.m., the paraglider was lodged in a tree along the south side of the Lougheed Highway, about eight kilometres west of Agassiz.

Chilliwack RCMP Sgt. Mark Pelz said emergency crews asked police to block off the highway for 20 minutes as search and rescue brought the injured man down from the tree.

"He was transferred to an air ambulance and taken into Vancouver to get treated for his injuries," said Sgt. Pelz. The extent of his injuries are unknown.

The paraglider had jumped off Mount Woodside, which has a popular rock-face launch point roughly 680 metres above ground.

"There's a designated cliff they jump off," Pelz said.

In the event of an emergency, paragliders jumping off Mount Woodside are expected to crashland into a small field on the south side of Lougheed known as "the swamp" to paragliding aficionados.

Conditions were clear with a light breeze.

The paraglider had been travelling alone.

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