A 70 year-old paraglider was uninjured when he crashed into trees just below Bright’s Mystic launch last week.
The Melbourne man’s tree-top ordeal lasted five-hours after his wing collapsed shortly after launching at about 1pm last Thursday.
Hanging 30 metres above the ground in a pine tree, he was finally lowered to safety at about 6pm.
Victoria Police search and rescue members were flown by helicopter to Bright and another two were sent by car to help free the man.
Eight State Emergency Service volunteers and a paramedic assisted police with the man’s recovery.
Bright SES deputy controller Graham Gales said members worked with the SAR officers to set up a lowering system to get the pilot down.
“Our volunteers are trained in high angle rescue but technically it’s a job for police and unless it is critical we have to wait for them,” he said.
“The man was fine and was able to walk himself out.”
The Bright Open and Paragliding World Cup round are set take place in Bright over the next two weeks but Mr Gales said the unit does not expect to be called out unless a pilot gets into trouble due to severe conditions.
ON THE GROUND: The paraglider arrives back on the forest floor after being lowered to safety by emergency crews.