By Shannon Haugland
Sitka Sentinel 

Coast Guard gives a lift to paraglider


A helicopter from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka rescued a 28-year-old paraglider from a high peak near Haines late Sunday after the man injured his ankle in a “hard landing.”

The air station received a call at 10:10 p.m. Sunday and launched a helicopter about a half hour later.

The paraglider had used his cell phone to call emergency responders in Haines, saying he had hurt his ankle in the hard landing, and was “cold, wet and dehydrated” in a large snowy area on Mt. Ripinski, the Coast Guard said.

The man told the Haines EMS team that he was not prepared to spend the night on...

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