The North Shore Rescue have been successful in rescuing a paraglider who was stuck in steep terrain near Port Alberni.
On Friday, April 13, NSR’s assistance was requested by Emergency Management BC to rescue a paraglider who was stuck in steep inaccessible terrain near Port Alberni.
The paraglider had collided with another paraglider during flight, and was forced to deploy his auxiliary wing only a few hundred feet from the ground and landed in steep terrain unable to move from his location.
Members of NSR’s long line team and Talon Helicopters flew to the location and attempted a long line extraction. Unfortunately due to weather and cloud cover they were unable to reach the subject.
The subject was forced to spend the night on the mountain in cold temperatures and snow huddling under his paraglider. In the morning, another attempt was made.
After multiple attempts were aborted due to weather and clouds there was a brief clearing allowing the helicopter and long line team to access the subject and long line him off the mountain.
The conditions were marginal and the subject is very lucky there was a brief weather window. Thank you to Port Alberni SAR, and to Talon Helicopters for excellent flying in marginal conditions.
Photo: Port Alberni SAR