A paraglider in northwest Boulder sustained serious injuries on Thursday after taking a big fall from the sky near Wonderland Lake in Colorado.

According to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, a 27-year-old male from the Denver area fell about 50 to 100 feet from the sky while paragliding in the vicinity of Wonderland Lake. Dispatchers were alerted of the crash at about 12:00 p.m.

The paraglider was within sight of several witnesses at the time of the crash. Witness accounts said it appeared the paraglider was making a turn when the right-wing collapsed, causing him to suddenly crash straight into the ground.

Rescuers carried the injured paraglider uphill to the top of the ridge using a 75-foot litter, then lowered him down to the waiting ambulance using a 100-foot sidehill evacuation. He was then transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries, including his left arm and ribs. He also had difficulty breathing.

Wonderland Lake is a popular paragliding area in unincorporated Boulder County, just northwest of the City of Boulder. Here’s a look at where it’s located on the map.

Rescuers say the paraglider’s helmet likely saved his life. A nurse who was also in the area responded to the scene and quickly rendered first aid to the injured male until rescuers arrived.

Thanks goes out to the first responders including AMR Ambulance, Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Rangers, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.

Editor’s Note: As we head into the holiday weekend, please remember to recreate safely and responsibly. Enjoy the great outdoors while continuing to follow social distancing, public health guidelines, and all state and county restrictions set forth in regards to COVID-19.

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