Injured Paraglider Above Mission Canyon

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By edhat staff

Santa Barbara County firefighters are responding to an injured paraglider near Gibraltar Rock on Friday afternoon.

At 1:25 p.m., the paraglider victim himself called emergency dispatch on his cell phone to report his location and an injury to his back.

County firefighters, a helicopter with county paramedics, a Santa Barbara City firetruck, and ground ambulance responded to the scene on Gibraltar Road.

Crews are currently making access to the patient and plan to use a hoist with the helicopter where the patient will be transported to the hospital.

This is a developing story.


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Basicinfo805 Sep 18, 2020 03:44 PM
Injured Paraglider Above Mission Canyon

Je-zeus! Another helicopter/multi-vehicle response we pay for going out to "rescue"? This is expensive. Here's my advice for those who wanna charge it: first, know what you're doing out there, be prepared on your own to deal with critical situations, then have a group of your friends you can call (he/shehad a cell phone) to help you out if/when you eat it. They should be the people to help you out unless there's no other option.

Seabird Sep 21, 2020 01:13 AM
Injured Paraglider Above Mission Canyon

Are you for real? Accidents happen. Come to think of it, have you seen the accident rate of vehicles? Why on EARTH would you operate one of those things? Or worse yet, bicycles. Next time you get into a wreck and are injured, please just call your friends. Plan ahead.

SBSand Sep 18, 2020 04:49 PM
Injured Paraglider Above Mission Canyon

So many unkind people posting.... I hope that he is ok! A dangerous hobby I would never engage in but I still wouldn't wish that he have a broken back.

haskelslocal Sep 19, 2020 11:12 AM
Injured Paraglider Above Mission Canyon

I'm sure you're aware costs are relative. And you're right it does cost something. But as you know these costs are already spent. The helicopter exists, the employees are paid regardless, etc. Sunk costs. There are additional cost on gas, wear, etc., but most is offset because they'd never just leave the equipment to rust and employees watching TV and training is necessary. However, it would never make sense to abuse the system, order more helicopters and hire more people because of need.

tagdes Sep 19, 2020 03:35 PM
Injured Paraglider Above Mission Canyon

I'm talking about the first commenter saying "we should charge" and the second saying it "costing a pretty penny".....the victim won't have to pay for the County or City Fire. Since they take them to the helipad at Cottage emergency they might have to pay if they have insurance otherwise that is often written off. If they didn't use the hoist and only need SAR then Calstar or AMR where people do have to pay might think about being half way careful.

Basicinfo805 Sep 19, 2020 12:13 PM
Injured Paraglider Above Mission Canyon

I just think personal responsibility has been lost on many, that's all. And no one's wishing hurt here okay. "Money already spent" argument doesn't fly at all, that would be an endless black hole. Resources get allocated based on need and the more people having to get rescued this year means more budgeting for that stuff next fiscal year. Gotta think a little but that's kinda how these things work isn't it? Get enough rescues happening and they'll allocate the cash for another crew, another 'copter, overtime, whatever...point is everything costs money, that's all. I don't mean to be an a$$, I just believe it's way too easy for people to get bailed out in general these days.

Basicinfo805 Sep 27, 2020 05:19 PM
Injured Paraglider Above Mission Canyon

So they had a squadron of taxpayer-funded and volunteer rescuers at the wait to bail out everyone in the 70's and 80's? You think so? I don't.

yacht rocked Sep 20, 2020 07:02 AM
Injured Paraglider Above Mission Canyon

While you're at it, why is it that if your car breaks down, you have to pay for towing, but if your boat breaks down, the Coast Guard tows you? It's obviously all about white privilege. ;)

John Wiley Sep 20, 2020 02:46 PM
Injured Paraglider Above Mission Canyon

Saw what looked like a medical evac helicopter come over the mountains near Barger Peak, apparently headed for Cottage a while ago. Hope it's not a severe injury from jumping at Red Rock. :(

tagdes Sep 21, 2020 10:20 AM
Injured Paraglider Above Mission Canyon

John, that was CALSTAR 7 transporting a vehicle accident victim from near Cuyama. Generally vehicle accidents depending on response time would be CHP and CALSTAR. SBSO and 308 or whichever is gassed up for County calls.

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