Every few years or so we hear of a spectacular operation to rescue a paraglider who’s become tangled up in cables, or trees, or similar (eg HERE), and thankfully it rarely results in worse than a fright for the paraglider. And this lunchtime was no different when a 69-year-old Chinese paraglider ended up suspended some 20m in the air from some rocks after taking-off near the Carretera del Este in Puerto de la Cruz. Emergency services say that they were called out just after noon with reports that the man had become tangled and needed help.
Various units were dispatched to the scene, including a Consorcio de Bomberos’ motorized ladder fire engine and two specialist rescue units, two ambulances, and the Policías Local and Nacional. Due to the risk of the paraglider falling, bomberos had to reach him and secure him before bringing him to safety in a specialized moulded stretcher. He was found to have received no worse than lower leg injuries and after being stabilized at the scene was taken to Hospiten Bellevue where his condition is said to be comfortable.
Bomberos de Tenerife have released this collage of photos of the operation.