Sunday, July 03, 2016

Paraglider rescued by firefighters after landing on lamppost next to fire station

Firefighters rescued a paraglider who landed on a lamppost in central Queenstown, New Zealand, on Friday.

The rescue, before a crowd of onlookers, took only 10 minutes after the solo pilot landed on the post next to the fire station, at about 3.30pm.

Queenstown Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Fire Officer Terry O'Connell said the rescue was straightforward. The pilot, who was unhurt, climbed down a ladder.

Bystanders disentangled the chute from a nearby tree. Mr O'Connell said the Fire Service usually rescued paragliders from trees.

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