Paraglider rescued in San Jacinto after suffering “hard landing”

SAN JACINTO — A paraglider is recovering after suffering a “hard landing” in San Jacinto yesterday morning, Nov. 22. The accident, which caused the victim moderate injuries according to Cal Fire, happened at Soboba Paragliding on the 250 block of Soboba Rd. in San Jacinto.


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CHP and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, along with Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the accident shortly after 10:30 a.m., after receiving reports of a downed and injured paraglider.

911 callers reported the victim was injured after landing in a difficult area to access and would possibly require a remote area rescue and need to be airlifted from the scene.

When officials arrived they found the injured victim about 1,000 ft. up a hill, and requested assistance from Cal Fire’s Copter 301 to perform a hoist operation to safely bring the victim down the hill to a waiting ambulance.

Copter 301’s aviation crew soon arrived in the area and worked with ground personnel to conduct a basket hoist.

After being plucked from the side of the mountain, the victim was transported to an area hospital. The person, who has not been identified, sustained moderate injuries, but was in stable condition, according to a Cal Fire social media release.

No information about how the accident happened or how much experience the victim had was immediately available.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.


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