Paraglider rescued from mountain near Canmore
Published Thursday, February 14, 2013 2:58PM MST
Last Updated Friday, February 15, 2013 10:19AM MST
Emergency crews have rescued a young man from Mount Lady MacDonald near the town of Canmore.
RCMP set up a staging area at Cougar Creek at about 2:00 Thursday and a helicopter was called in to sling rescue the man from the mountain.
An ambulance took the paraglider to hospital in Canmore where STARS was waiting to transport him to Calgary.
Emergency officials say the 38-year-old man suffered significant injuries.
"He was conscious, he was totally with it. So he was not as beat up as he could have been but he knew who were were, what was going on," said Matt Mueller, Alberta Parks Public Safet officer, "Where he was, it was just below tree line and you can't see from here but there's like a gully and he was maybe ten metres from the side of that, lightly treeed, steep slope, frozen gravel basically.
The man was with a friend who was able to use a cell phone to call for help.
He was arilifted to Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary in potentially life-threatening condition.