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Hang glider rescued after 50-foot fall

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Posted at 5:35 PM, Mar 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-10 19:35:15-04

DRAPER, Utah — Emergency personnel rescued a man who fell approximately 50 feet while hang gliding near the point of the mountain on Sunday.

The public information officer for the Unified Fire Authority said a medical helicopter was dispatched but later recalled. The crews were working near 14600 South and Minuteman Drive, Draper.

Capt. Clint Mecham, Unified Fire Authority, said calls like this are fairly common.

“We come out here quite often, unfortunately,” he said. “The conditions can be somewhat treacherous from time to time, and they change rapidly. So we always advise folks to make sure [they know] what it is they are getting themselves into before they launch out here at the flight park, and to make sure that their experience level matches the conditions.”

The victim is a 41-year-old man. He was transported to the hospital with back pain.