Paraglider stuck in tree in Queenstown

JOHN EDENS IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 15:57 18/04/2012
Paraglider stuck in tree
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A paraglider is stuck in a tree in Ben Lomond Reserve, Queenstown.

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A paraglider is stuck up a tree, high on a hill in Queenstown after crashing this afternoon when a manoeuvre went wrong.

An arborist has climbed the tree beside the trapped paraglider and has strung a rope between the two trees in the Ben Lomond reserve.

Police and St John are also at the scene, where the parachute snagged the top of a large tree north of the Queenstown Primary School playing fields.

Commercial and private paragliders and paraponters use the playing fields as a landing site.

It is understood police are considering using a search and rescue alpine cliff team, including a helicopter equipped with a winch, if other rescue options prove unworkable.

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- The Southland Times

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