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Helicopter crew rescues injured paraglider from Lytle Creek

LYTLE CREEK, Calif. ( — An injured paraglider had to be hoist rescued to safety after a gust of wind caused her glider to crash.

It happened on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at about 5:20 pm, when a 32-year-old woman from Seattle, Washington was out paragliding in the Lytle Creek area.

According to a sheriff’s news release, the woman launched her glider from the ridgeline and immediately experienced strong, gusty winds, which caused one side of her glider to collapse.

“[the woman] lost control of the glider and she ended up colliding into the hillside, not far from the departure site,” stated the release.

She suffered extensive injuries and managed to call 911 for help.

A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation helicopter responded and located Jimenez in the tall brush as she provided the exact coordinates using her cellular device.

Due to the remote location and extent of injury, it was determined a hoist was necessary to rescue the woman from the hillside. Sheriff’s rescue helicopter Air Rescue 6 responded to the location and rigged up for a hoist rescue.

A rescue medic was lowered 165 feet from the helicopter to the ground. The medic assessed her for injuries and secured her into a rescue basket. She was hoisted up and into the helicopter, followed by the medic and subsequently flown to a local trauma center for treatment.

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