Saturday, September 22, 2012
Hang Glider Pilot Hurt
Man injured in accident while flying at Bridal Falls
Staff/Voice file photo
nce again calamity struck the local hang gliding community which has been plagued recently by a series of mishaps.
At around 7 P.M. on Saturday, a man who was piloting one of two hang gliders at the popular Bridal Falls jump site, was reported to have lost a leg after coming down hard in a gully near an old mud slide at around the 3700 ft. level of Mount Cheam.
Chilliwack RCMP Cpl. Brock Rayworth, confirmed in a phone call to the Voice Saturday evening that there had been an accident involving a hang glider at Bridal Falls, but could not confirm the extent of the pilot's injuries.
"He was located by Air One, however they cannot go in and get him, so we have deployed Search and Rescue," he said.
Due to low cloud cover, steep terrain and a lack of equipment to handle lifting a patient, Air One could not be used to extract the injured man. GPS coordinates were relayed to Kent Search and Rescue who were waiting on the ground.
Initially, Air One was brought in to assist with the rescue effort, but by 11 P.M. rescuers were still attempting to pinpoint the man's location with a medi-vac chopper on hand.
The injured pilot had a cell phone and managed to converse with rescuers for a limited time before the phone went dead. Unfortunately, it could not be pinged to get a location.
Both glider pilots were equipped with walkie-talkie type radios, so they were able to talk converse as the other continued down to a safe landing on the valley floor.
The accident comes on the heels of several others in BC this year, including one involving 27-year-old Lenami Godinez-Avila who plunged to her death in late April on Mount Woodside in Deroche.
Watch the Voice for more details as they emerge.
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