Rescuers help paragliders above River Heights

Rescuers helped two paragliders from a mountainside after they crashed into a tree. Cache County sheriff’s officials say the two were flying in tandem Thursday afternoon when they struck a tree shortly after take off and crash landed on the mountain above River Heights. Officials say emergency responders used an access from the Cliffside area to reach the flyers who were about 200 feet above the deer fence and bring them to safety. Both are experienced paragliders but were new to tandem paragliding. Twenty-seven-year-old Eric Mortensen of Providence was treated for possible head injuries and a broken collar bone. The other flyer, who wasn’t named, was unhurt. Mortensen was lowered down the mountain by Sheriffs Search and Rescue with low angle ropes and was transported to Logan Regional Hospital.

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