Paraglider rescued at Torrey Pines Gliderport

A 21-year-old paraglider was rescued Thursday afternoon after his craft stalled while he was practicing maneuvers over Torrey Pines Gliderport.

San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Nick Lerma said the pilot told rescuers when he stalled, lost altitude and hit the cliff below the gliderport. He landed in a ravine about 40 to 60 feet above the beach.

Lifeguards and two paramedics climbed up from the beach, he said. Unable to move him, they sent rescuers down from the top and loaded the man into a stretcher before lowering him to the beach. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital. His condition was not known by 5 p.m. Thursday.

“It took a little while and was somewhat difficult with him and his equipment and how slippery it was with muddy conditions from the rain,” Lerma said, noting that lifeguards, paramedics and firefighters assisted in the rescue.

Earlier reports indicated half of the craft’s wing reportedly collapsed while he was flying near the Torrey Pines Gliderport.