Sheriff's Office Releases Video of Helicopter Rescue

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WASHOE COUNTY, NV - The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has released video of the rescue of an injured paraglider who had gone down in the steep mountainous terrain above Marlette Lake.

Sheriff’s dispatch first got the call from the paraglider himself about 6:30PM Saturday, July 5, 2014. He said he had gone down in the area of Herlon Peak above Sand Harbor.

Search and Rescue Team volunteers responded, along with units from the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District. Search and Rescue volunteers headed toward the location of the paraglider on foot, but due to the location and condition of the victim, a RAVEN helicopter was requested.

The RAVEN crew and a Search and Rescue HASTY Team volunteer responded. As they approached the area, the RAVEN crew made cellphone contact with the victim and located him between two sharp peaks at the 8,000-foot level.

The HASTY Team volunteer was lowered to the victim along with a backboard and litter. Working in steep, rugged terrain, the HASTY Team volunteer secured the paraglider into the litter and the victim was successfully hoisted into the helicopter.

RAVEN then took the paraglider to the Ponderosa Ranch parking area for transfer to Care Flight.

“Our volunteers and staff continually prepare by putting in thousands of hours of training every year for just this type of incident,” Assistant Sheriff Darin Balaam said. “Training we’d prefer never having to use, but we know will be critical to saving lives when the call comes and our response is needed.”

For video of the rescue provided by the RAVEN crew, please use the link next to this story.