Paraglider spends cold night alone after crash near Agassiz

A 20-year-old paraglider was rescued by a military helicopter Sunday after spending a cold night alone 3,500 feet up the side of Mt Cheam.

Search and Rescue Technicians from 442 Squadron search in a Cormorant helicopter near Chilliwack for an injured paraglider.



A 20-year-old paraglider was airlifted to safety after spending a cold night alone on Mt. Cheam.

The man reportedly crashed at about 3,500 feet up the mountainside sometime Saturday evening, but rescuers could not reach him before night fell and temperatures dropped.

He was reportedly in serious condition when a military search and rescue helicopter was finally able to reach him at about 8 a.m. Sunday.

RCAF Search and Rescue Technicians (SAR Techs) were hoisted almost 300 feet from a hovering Cormorant helicopter to the injured paraglider early morning on Sunday. The incident took place at a height of 4900 feet, with steep terrain complicating the rescue.

“We were pulling a lot of torque, using all the power our three engines could give us to maintain the hover, allowing our SAR Techs to descend with the rescue basket,” said Capt. Pete Wright, pilot. “Because the terrain was steep, we didn’t have a lot of room to maneuver the helicopter and we had to be careful the downwash from our rotors didn’t blow debris onto the patient.”

“We got on scene, assessed his injuries and stabilized him,” said Sgt. Steph Clavette, SAR Tech. “He was cold with serious injuries so we had to be very careful.”

Once onboard the helicopter, the patient was flown to Abbotsford where he was transferred into the care of BC Ambulance. His present condition is unknown.

The rescue came after earlier attempts by another Cormorant helicopter Saturday night had been frustrated by clouds and difficulties in determining the location of the downed paraglider, that helicopter suffered a mechanical difficulty later that night.

The cause of the crash is not known at this time.

The paraglider’s name has not been released.

Just Posted

Opioid overdoses killing three people a month in Chilliwack

35 deaths in 2018 locally compare to 23 in 2017, 13 in 2016 up from about five per year before that

More people in Chiliwack coming in to shelters to get out of the cold

Ruth and Naomi’s went over-capacity this week to accommodate shelter guests coming in from the cold

Agassiz break and enter suspect arrested

The Chilliwack man faces charges relating to break and enters throughout Agassiz

Outdoor rink, lagoon improvements on the agenda for Harrison

The projects are intended to increase tourism numbers and infrastructure in the resort village

Chilliwack parent urges fellow dog owners to keep Fido off school grounds

Risks of harmful encounters between kids on and dogs are too high, says Chilliwack mom

WATCH: Historic night in Red Deer as 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off

Star-studded Opening Ceremony features athletes from across Canada

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Prominent B.C. realtor says he doesn’t know how child porn got on his computer

Closing arguments heard in Ian Meissner’s Chilliwack trial for accessing, possessing child porn

Plecas won’t run in next election if B.C. legislature oversight reforms pass

B.C. Speaker and Abbotsford South MLA says he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Jody Wilson-Raybould

Workshop with ‘accent reduction’ training cancelled at UBC

The workshop was cancelled the same day as an email was sent out to international students

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Avalanche control planned tomorrow on Highway 1

The highway will be closed in the morning east of Revelstoke

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Mayors approve SkyTrain extension to UBC

Next step is a business plan and public consultation

Most Read