Honolulu firefighters this afternoon rescued a male visitor, 69, who suffered paragliding injuries after a crash landing on the side of a mountain near the Makai Research Pier in Waimanalo.
The Honolulu Fire Department received a 911 call at 12:16 p.m. from a caller who reported seeing two paragliders collide above the Makai Research Pier, HFD spokeswoman Louise Kim McCoy said. The caller described the paragliders landing on the mountain above the research center. However, fire personnel at the scene reported seeing only a single paraglider on the mountain, not two as previously reported by the 911 caller.
According to a statement, HFD said the man was paragliding when an updraft caused him to lose control and pull his reserve parachute before crashing into the mountainside and landing about 700 feet above the ground. HFD said the man injured his right wrist and left ankle.
The man was safely airlifted to a landing zone and transferred to the care of Honolulu Emergency Medical Services at 1:10 p.m. No other injuries were reported.
Police, in a brief online report, said, “hanglider stuck in mountain.”