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Man rescued after hang gliding crash on Mount Cheam

CHILLIWACK (NEWS1130) – A man has been rescued from Mount Cheam after a hang gliding crash Saturday night. The man was stranded overnight, 3,500 feet up the mountain.

Captain Justin Olson with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria says emergency crews reached the man early this morning.

“They were on scene at about 8:15 a.m. They found the patient above the clouds and hoisted two [Search and Rescue] techs down to him,” explains Olson.

The man was stranded in a very isolated area, which made for a challenging rescue.

“It’s a very high hoist and a very challenging situation. Whenever you’re doing a high hoist like that, it tends to add some time to the operation because you’ve got to take that extra care to make sure you don’t injure the rescuers,” Olsen adds.

The man has been transported to a Lower Mainland hospital with serious head and leg injuries.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.