Paragliders Collide, Injuring One

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    Rescuers say two student paragliders or "pilots in training" slammed head on to each other just after 4 p.m. Sunday above the popular Black's Beach. (Published Monday, Aug 9, 2010)

    A paraglider slammed into a seaside cliff after a mid-air collision Sunday and managed to hang on while rescue crews worked their way toward him.

    Rescuers say two student paragliders or "pilots in training" slammed head on to each other just after 4 p.m. Sunday above the popular Black's Beach.

    Witnesses say that when paragliders collided and got tangled one person deflated another sail sending the other pilot straight into the cliffs.

    That's when rescuers were called in.

    “He wasn't stable enough to do either a lower or a lift back up to the cliff because of al the movement involved. Were trying to stabilize him in a basket,” said Lt. Andy Lerum with San Diego Lifeguards.

    The second person involved was able to regain control and landed safely.

    The victim, identified only as a 39-year-old San Diegan was taken to the hospital with injuries to his shoulder, knee and chest.

    He is expected to recover.