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Glider crashes into Torrey Pines cliffside, prompting rescue

Posted: 1:11 PM, Mar 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-10 02:34:32Z
Glider crashes into Torrey Pines cliffside
Glider crashes into Torrey Pines cliffside
Glider crashes into Torrey Pines cliffside
Glider crashes into Torrey Pines cliffside
Glider crashes into Torrey Pines cliffside
Glider crashes into Torrey Pines cliffside
Glider crashes into Torrey Pines cliffside
Glider crashes into Torrey Pines cliffside
Glider crashes into Torrey Pines cliffside
Glider crashes into Torrey Pines cliffside
Glider crashes into Torrey Pines cliffside
Glider crashes into Torrey Pines cliffside

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego Fire-Rescue crews rescued a paraglider who crashed into a dangerous Torrey Pines bluff Friday.

SDFD crews arrived at the site of the crash at around 1 p.m. Sky10 footage showed the person clinging to the cliff, wrapped in the wreckage of a broken glider, just over a section of Blacks Beach.

Lt. Rich Stropky says the man was in training to become a paragliding pilot. He apparently attempted to make a left hand turn away from the bluff but lost control near Saddle Back ridge, said Stropky.

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Crews were able to airlift the person from the cliffside just after 2 p.m. He was immediately brought to a nearby hospital for his injuries. Fire Fighters say he hurt his leg, but is expected to survive.

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