Fresno County sheriff's deputies rescue downed paraglider

The Fresno BeeMarch 8, 2014 

A downed and injured paraglider was rescued Saturday by deputies with the Fresno County Sheriff's Office, assisted by Eagle One's helicopter pilot.

About 2:45 p.m., the injured paraglider was reported on the 38000 block of East Kings Canyon Road, near Dunlap. The 45-year-old man from Southern California came to the area to paraglide with friends. In flight, he had equipment problems and descended quickly, crashing into a hillside, sheriff deputies said.

After sheriff's personnel reached the man, who complained of back pain, he was loaded into Eagle One and flown to an area near Highway 180 and Dunlap Road, where he was turned over to paramedics.

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