Injured paraglider airlifted after San Jacinto crash

SAN JACINTO —  A paraglider suffered moderate injuries after the person crashed near San Jacinto’s Soboba Paragliding early Sunday evening, July 7.

Soboba Paragliding has been the site of several other accidents that ended with skydiving and/or paragliding enthusiasts injured or killed, including a paraglider who was killed after crashing at the site last September.

In a sad coincidence another skydiver was injured after crashing at another popular Inland Empire skydive facility in Lake Elsinore around 9 a.m. this morning, but details about that accident are still trickling in.

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Emergency personnel, including nine firefighters from two Cal Fire and one Soboba Fire engine company, along with a paramedic squad, deputies, and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene of the crash shortly before 5:30 p.m., Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire spokesperson April Newman later reported.

When officials began arriving at the scene they found an injured paraglider who had gone down a cliff near the paragliding park off Soboba Rd.

“Firefighters began making their way up to the patient’s location & requested assistance from Cal Fire’s Helicopter 301,” Newman explained.

H301 responded to the area and quickly located the patient and rescuers. The aviation crew then performed a technical hoist rescue and ferried the injured paraglider to a waiting ground ambulance near the base of the mountain.

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The victim was then rushed to an area hospital with injuries Newman described as moderate.

No further updates regarding the nature or full extent of the victim’s injuries have been provided and the cause of the accident is under investigation.


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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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