Injured paraglider rescued after crash

Firefighters rescued a paraglider who crashed on a steep hillside in the 5500 block of Griffin Creek Road in a rural area southwest of Medford Wednesday evening.

Residents in the area called for help at about 5:30 p.m. when they saw a paraglider crash into trees and heavy brush on a hill.

Bystanders told firefighters that they had looked for the man for about 20 minutes after seeing him fall.

Crews worked for an hour and five minutes to climb up the slope, then lower the injured man down the hill in a basket. He was transported by Mercy Flights ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center.

Rescuers declined to release the man's name or other details, citing medical privacy laws. Law enforcement didn't respond to the crash.

At Woodrat Mountain, a popular hang-gliding and paragliding area near Ruch, a cross-country paragliding competition called Rat Race is happening all this week.

About 115 pilots are flying in a race from point-to-point across the valley using global positioning systems to track their locations.

Local paragliders said the race events usually run from about 1 to 3 p.m., so they didn't know if the injured man was a race participant. Race organizers were unavailable for comment Thursday.

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