An ambulance is on scene at 6 Mile

Paraglider rescued after crashing into Columbia River near Revelstoke

A paraglider was knocked unconscious when he crashed into the Columbia River near Revelstoke on Monday.

A paraglider was taken to hospital with minor injuries after crashing hard into the Columbia River just south of Revelstoke on Monday.

The man was flying over the river when he lost control and went down just off shore near the Revelstoke RC Club field at 6 Mile, witnesses told the Times Review.

“He was doing manouvres over the lake and he pooched one and ended up in the lake,” said Jim Reich, an instructor with FlyBC.

Fortunately, a group of paragliders taking a course with the paragliding business FlyBC were on the ground right there and had a boat handy. They rushed out to rescue the man, who was knocked briefly unconscious, but was wearing a lifejacket.

They brought him to shore and looked him over for injuries. BC Ambulance attended the scene to take over care and bring the man to hospital as precautionary measure.

Other Revelstoke first responders including Revelstoke Search & Rescue and Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services were dispatched, but were called off when it was learned the man had been rescued from the river.

The man was described as an experienced paraglider with at least a decade’s experience flying.

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