Paraglider pilot rescued from cliffs at Torrey Pines Gliderport after making landing error

Posted at 3:54 PM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 21:52:57-04

A paraglider pilot escaped injury after making a soft landing on craggy cliffs below a glider port in Torrey Pines Wednesday.

The 31-year-old man apparently made an error, according to an instructor, but did the right thing by waiting for help to arrive, according to lifeguards on scene. The cliffs are hundreds of feet tall from top to bottom and craggy.

San Diego lifeguards and medics first lowered a medic approximately 150 feet to check on the man's condition. They determined he was not injured but was in a precarious spot on the sandy cliff face.

After waving off a rescue helicopter, officials used another 250 feet of rope to lower both the glider pilot and medic, paragliding gear included, to the beach below. The man then carried his paraglider up the cliffs.