Paraglider Severely Injured in Crash

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By edhat staff

A paraglider suffered critical injuries following a crash in the backcountry of Santa Ynez on Friday afternoon.

At 1:45 p.m., the Santa Barbara County Department (SBCFD) received a call from Paradise Road of paraglider down but the coordinates were actually in the area of Cachuma Saddle. Fire engines and Helicopter 308 responded to the area east of Goat Rock in the back county.

The helicopter was able to locate the paraglider, a 42-year-old male. A paramedic was lowered from the helicopter and determined the paraglider was suffering from critical injuries. He was packaged and hoisted back up to the helicopter and was then flown to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for further treatment. 

Any updates on this incident will be added to this article.

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pdxjjb Nov 23, 2019 08:53 PM
Paraglider Severely Injured in Crash

A "paraglider" is an aircraft, a device made mostly of synthetic fabric. The person using the paraglider is the "pilot."

What you wrote is similar to saying "A Cessna..." [or other make or model of powered aircraft] "...suffered critical injuries". But you'd never actually write that, because it sounds silly. You'd write that the *pilot* of the aircraft suffered critical injuries. Because we all know the aircraft didn't suffer critical injuries - the pilot did.

In the future, I hope you will give the pilots of paragliders the same courtesy you provide to the pilots of general aviation aircraft, that of distinguishing between the human being and the machine. Even though a paraglider pilot's "machine" is made mostly of synthetic fabric.

Jeff Berkowitz
Former "traditional" hang glider and paraglider pilot in Santa Barbara
Now residing in Oregon

a-1574486765 Nov 22, 2019 09:26 PM
Paraglider Severely Injured in Crash

Initial report from the paraglider was that he broke both ankles..... Glad they were able to pin point where he was.

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