Cliff Rescue?

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By John Wiley

We saw these fire trucks and rescue personnel bringing someone up the Douglas (Wilcox) paraglider cliff today. Didn't see any sign of a glider down the cliff, but it was pretty gusty there today. Maybe a glider missed the landing spot atop the cliff and we didn't see the glider? In the second pic you can just make out what's apparently the person being brought up the steepest part of the cliff with right arm outstretched. On the blue blanket up top there's an empty litter, so hopefully no serious injury. Anyone know the story?

 

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sbmesalife Sep 14, 2017 11:05 AM
Cliff Rescue?

No rescue. It was a training exercise. I walk through there every day and talked to them. They were training there a few days in a row.

yourfakereality Sep 13, 2017 06:36 PM
Cliff Rescue?

The only comments I have are that the hang glider must've had an exceptionally prolonged flight - in the first photo, County Fire S & R team members and other objects in view cast almost no shadow, indicating it was around midday. Second photo shows long shadows were cast to the right (east), which would be sometime in late afternoon such as 4:00 or 5:00 PM - maybe the training scenario was supposed to be a " hang glider caught in a time warp", or...

a-1506060771 Sep 14, 2017 07:33 PM
Cliff Rescue?

I see two photographs and find the angle of shadow to be very similar in both.

tagdes Sep 14, 2017 09:30 AM
Cliff Rescue?

Maybe you should try reading the article and actually look at the pics prior to you're coming to these inane conclusions. Both pics taken at about 3:30 and seconds apart , hang glider is only a few feet up and then on the ground. Look at the angles, in the first the men block their own shadows which as stated below are only as tall as they are. The 2nd shot shows the slightly longer shadows due to the different angle.

FondofSB Sep 13, 2017 08:26 PM
Cliff Rescue?

The "shadow" question is straight forward : the people on the ground are much "shorter" than the hand glider and so they project a much shorter "distance" shadow than the handlider which is much taller. The angle of the shadow projection is the same for both (no longer "almost vertical at noon" as the sun is quite lower now than it was end of June) but the distance on the ground is much shorter (for the people) since they are much "shorter" than the hand glider.

FondofSB Sep 13, 2017 01:42 PM
Cliff Rescue?

They've been training there since last Saturday when they had four trucks neatly lined up one next to the other ..

John Wiley Sep 13, 2017 12:41 PM
Cliff Rescue?

FYI, this was yesterday 9/12 about 3:30. Thanks for mentioning the training possibility, tagdes. I wondered that too, especially since the subject was wearing fire gear, but thought maybe that had been supplied before the ascent for protection. Then again, so many in the crews at each station made practice seem more likely. I'm hoping one of the many people there, including several gliders, might have more info. Not having seen any mention in the news or from Roger, maybe it was practice?

tagdes Sep 13, 2017 10:17 AM
Cliff Rescue?

Looks like a training exercise. Doubt they would carefully back 2 of the engines in if it were an emergency response, especially Heavy Rescue, the one on the left.

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