Injured Paraglider Rescued Near Gibraltar

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Update by the edhat staff

An injured paraglider was rescued near Gibraltar Road on Thursday afternoon.

At 2:15 p.m., Santa Barbara County and City firefighter paramedics, Search & Rescue, and an Air Support Helicopter responded to the scene.

A 29-year-old male paraglider crashed approximately 300 feet below the launch site off Gibraltar Road.

Firefighter paramedics determined the victim suffered traumatic injuries and a helicopter hoist operation was initiated.

The paraglider was flown to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. His condition is unclear at this time.

"Great collaboration between County & City Fire, Search and Rescue, and Sheriffs department," said County Fire Captain Scott Safechuck.


By Tagdes

County Fire along with Copter 4 responding to Gibraltar for a medical emergency.

 

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SBSand Dec 02, 2022 02:19 PM
Injured Paraglider Rescued Near Gibraltar

2 crashes in a short amount of time. Is it inexperience? Fault equipment? Just a fluke/coincidence? Scary stuff! I will never forget the year on Thanksgiving when a local vet was riding tandem with his teenaged daughter and he wasn't securely strapped in and fell to his death. This is so crazy dangerous!

tagdes Dec 01, 2022 04:56 PM
Injured Paraglider Rescued Near Gibraltar

Couldn't hear copter come over but sounds like they may have sent the copter to Cottage in stead of AMR after the medics update to patients condition.

EastBeach Dec 03, 2022 01:14 PM
Injured Paraglider Rescued Near Gibraltar

And long-range seabirds like albatrosses use a different technique to fly across vast expanses of ocean - it's called "dynamic soaring". Too complicated to describe but you can Google it. Radio controlled glider enthusiasts use the same technique to fly unpowered gliders at 100's of MPH. This one hit 548 mph last year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eFD_Wj6dhk

EastBeach Dec 03, 2022 01:03 PM
Injured Paraglider Rescued Near Gibraltar

Paragliders, hangliders, full-scale gliders, radio-controlled model gliders, and birds use two kinds of lift ... thermals and slope lift. Slope lift occurs when wind flows against cliffs, hills, mountains, etc. and is forced upwards. If you see a paraglider flying back-and-forth across a ridge, they are using slope lift.

On days before a storm, we often get southerly winds which create slope lift on the south side of our mountains. On days after a storm, we typically get north "clearing winds" which creates slope lift on the north side of our mountains. The day the paraglider was hurt, our storm was approaching so a possibility for slope lift on southern slopes existed.

tagdes Dec 03, 2022 10:47 AM
Injured Paraglider Rescued Near Gibraltar

Yes, for mild thermals, but they were questioning the weather then and if one is a beginner in this heavy cloudy day you'd best just soar through like butter. You don't want thermal turbulence or strong winds and shouldn't have any trouble staying below 18 mph.

a-1670086594 Dec 03, 2022 08:56 AM
Injured Paraglider Rescued Near Gibraltar

I should say I don't know much, not that I don't know. A family member quit gliding after their hang gliding partner dislocated his shoulder for the 2nd time. Nice to quit while one is ahead.
I read, I think on noozhawk, that this injury was to the glider's pelvis. All best wishes to him!

a-1670086320 Dec 03, 2022 08:52 AM
Injured Paraglider Rescued Near Gibraltar

I don't know about paragliding, but I too thought this was bad weather for it. Are there thermal highs when it's "cold" in our area?

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