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Lifeguards rescue uninjured paraglider

It took San Diego lifeguards about an hour to rescue an unidentified 41-year-old male paraglider who’d made a safe emergency landing about a third of the way down on the 300-foot-tall cliffs near Torrey Pines Gliderport about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“He was parasailing and a lifeguard at Torrey Pines (beach) observed him make an emergency landing, probably because there wasn’t enough wind,” said Lifeguard spokesman Lt. Andy Lerum.

“He was uninjured and lifeguards performed a cliff rescue sending a rapeller over the side of the cliff to hook the victim up and lower him all the way down to the beach. The victim was safe and secure within about 20 minutes.”

Lerum added the paraglider’s opened chute was cumbersome and took quite a while to pack away, which is why the total response time for the incident took about an hour.

The cliff the man was rescued from was described by lifeguards as “very unstable.”