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Search & Rescue

Crashed paraglider rescued by helicopter

April 16, 2020

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif Ė On April 15 about 2:15 p.m., a motorist driving on Highway 18, near Old Waterman Canyon Rd., called 911 after witnessing a paraglider deploy what appeared to be an emergency parachute and land in a canyon near Cloudland Truck Trail (#2N40).

The San Bernardino Police and San Bernardino County Fire Departments received the call and requested San Bernardino County Sheriff's Aviation to assist in locating the downed paraglider.

Sheriff's helicopter 40King4 responded to the area and located the paraglider in steep terrain covered by heavy brush. Due to the terrain and brush, as well as the inability for ground units to access the paragliderís location, the crew of 40King4 requested Sheriff's Air Rescue 6 for a hoist rescue.

Air Rescue 6 hovered over the paraglider while the crew chief lowered a San Bernardino County Fire Medic down approximately 170 feet to the paragliderís location on the hillside. The medic the placed the paragliderís pilot, Jai Khalsa (62 of Oak Hills) in a rescue harness and the crew chief then hoisted him up to the helicopter, followed by the medic. He was then transported to a waiting ambulance on Highway 18.

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