Paraglider crashes into logs

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m.

Squamish RCMP say this morning's injury of a paraglider followed the man falling into a log boom on Howe Sound.

RCMP launched their police boat and assisted firefighters in retrieving the 40-year-old man from the water.

He was transferred to a waiting ambulance, and a short time later was airlifted to a Lower Mainland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

RCMP Sgt. Sascha Banks says the man was paragliding off the Stawamus Chief when he went into a spin and fell to the log boom.

"The quick action of the employees from the log sort along with marine staff, Squamish Fire, Squamish BC Ambulance, and Squamish RCMP were essential to providing an extremely quick response to this serious situation" Banks added. 

ORIGINAL: 12:25 p.m.

A seriously injured paraglider was airlifted from the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, Thursday.

The paraglider was rushed to hospital in life-threatening condition about 9:45 a.m., BC Emergency Health Services spokesperson Shannon Miller confirmed.

“Our critical care paramedic team on scene performed multiple procedures to stabilize the patient for transport," said Miller.

The Coast Guard, Squamish Search and Rescue and RCMP were also called in.

No other details have been released.

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