Paraglider res­cue

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

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.

PHOTO: Gra­ham Gales

ON THE GROUND: The paraglider ar­rives back on the for­est floor after be­ing low­ered to safety by emer­gency crews.

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