San Diego

Paraglider Seriously Injured in Torrey Pines Cliff Fall

A paraglider was taken to the hospital with a serious spinal injury after falling down the cliffs at Torrey Pines State Beach Sunday afternoon according to San Diego lifeguards.

After the victim crashed other paragliders in the area rushed to help officials said.

“After the incident happened I believe that the gliders, a couple of them landed on the beach and went up to actually help with how they could with that individual,” Rich Stropsky a Marine Safety with San Diego Fire-Rescue said.

The hardest part of the rescue, lifeguards said, was pinpointing the paraglider’s exact location.

The man was eventually taken by helicopter to safety.

Rescuers said the man was conscious and talking when he was saved.

“The chief complaint of the victim was back pain and possible hip pain," Stropsky said. "It was a major trauma. We treated it as that. We packaged the person on the side of the bluff and we had the Fire-Rescue helicopter come in and do an extrication with their paramedic and then transport the victim to the hospital."

The incident happened around 3:15 p.m. in the 12000 block of Torrey Pines Road when the glider reportedly hit a cliff.

Police are investigating what caused the paraglider to crash.

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