Otago Daily Times

Paraglider alert ends as a false alarm

QUEEN­STOWN

- MATTHEW MCKEW matthew.mckew@odt.co.nz Incidents · Urbanism · Aviation · Queenstown · Ultralight Aviation

CON­CERN from a mem­ber of the pub­lic sparked a full­scale search for a paraglider near the Sky­line Gon­dola in Queen­stown yes­ter­day.

Two po­lice cars and two ve­hi­cles from St John re­sponded to re­ports of a paraglider go­ing miss­ing among the trees at Bobs Peak.

A he­li­copter ar­rived shortly after 1.30pm and searched the trees for signs of a per­son for about an hour, be­fore leav­ing.

A po­lice spokes­woman said the paraglider had suc­cess­fully landed in a gully, close to Bobs Peak, and it was false alarm.

Sky­line Com­plex gen­eral man­ager Wayne Rose said a con­cerned mem­ber of the pub­lic watch­ing from town had been wor­ried the paraglider had hit a tree.

He said the shape of the peak could be de­ceiv­ing for any­body watch­ing the paraglid­ers, but the per­son had landed safely.

 ?? PHOTO: MATTHEW MCKEW ?? Con­cern for paraglider . . . St John staff and po­lice are on stand­by at the foot of the Sky­line Gon­dola, Queen­stown, as a he­li­copter searches for a ‘‘miss­ing’’ per­son. It turned out to be a false alarm.
PHOTO: MATTHEW MCKEW Con­cern for paraglider . . . St John staff and po­lice are on stand­by at the foot of the Sky­line Gon­dola, Queen­stown, as a he­li­copter searches for a ‘‘miss­ing’’ per­son. It turned out to be a false alarm.

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