Lifeguards rescue downed paraglider near Black's Beach

Paraglider suffered serious injuries in crash

SAN DIEGO - Lifeguards on Saturday rescued a paraglider who crashed into the cliffs near Black's Beach.

The incident was reported just before 4 p.m., several hundred yards south of the Torrey Pines Gliderport.

Lifeguards used a helicopter to hoist the man from the scene. The man, who was in his 40s to 50s, was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla to be treated for serious injuries.

Other paragliders and hang gliders told 10News the victim is a regular at the gliderport and a veteran flyer who may have wandered into a risky area.

"There's what's called the rhino horn and there's this point… and there's this cliff right around the point in the back of it," another paraglider told 10News. "If the westwardly winds hit that point and they tumble the air right there and if you happen to be too low, sometimes unexpectedly those tumbles can hit your wing and cause it to collapse.

It is unclear what caused the paraglider to crash.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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