Moab resident hurt in paragliding crash
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Rescuers work to stabilize Ian Mitchard after the Moab resident sustained serious injuries in a paragliding accident in Castle Valley on Monday, Jan. 7. It was the first response of the year for Grand County Search & Rescue members. 		             Photo courtesy of Grand County EMS
Rescuers work to stabilize Ian Mitchard after the Moab resident sustained serious injuries in a paragliding accident in Castle Valley on Monday, Jan. 7. It was the first response of the year for Grand County Search & Rescue members. Photo courtesy of Grand County EMS
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A local paraglider sustained serious injuries Monday, Jan. 7 in an accident near Castleton Tower in Castle Valley, according to a statement from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Kim Neal in an email said 911 dispatchers were called at about 4 p.m. Deputies, Grand County Search & Rescue, EMS and Classic Helicopter responded to the scene southwest of the tower.

Neal said 38-year-old Ian Mitchard of Moab hiked to a saddle near the base of Castleton Tower that was on a steep talus slope. He said the paraglide, used for “speed flying,” for some reason turned back into the slope and crashed.

Members of Search & Rescue and EMS first responders hiked to where Mitchard lay and after stabilization he was lowered about 300 feet to the waiting Classic Helicopter crew, which flew him to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Neal said the incident marked the first Search & Rescue response of 2019 and more than 20 personnel were involved in the rescue.


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