Australian Paraglider and Chihuahua Rescued from Tree

Thanks to the Sydney Morning Herald for this article. Paraglider and dog rescued from tree March 1, 2008 - 9:13AM A 42-year-old man who became...

Joy  |  Mar 1st 2008


Thanks to the Sydney Morning Herald for this article.

Paraglider and dog rescued from tree
March 1, 2008 – 9:13AM

A 42-year-old man who became entangled in a tree while paragliding with his pet chihuahua east of Melbourne was rescued by emergency services after a five-hour search.

The paraglider set off on a routine flight with his chihuahua strapped to him from Donna Buang Summit Road, near Warburton, just before 5pm (AEDT) yesterday.

But shortly after take-off the pilot became entangled in a tree and called 000 from his mobile phone.

Local police began a ground search as a police helicopter scoured the area, and they eventually made contact with the uninjured man about 6.40pm.

He was dangling from a tree about 35 metres above the ground near Don Gap.

Police, ambulance paramedics, Country Fire Authority officers and State Emergency Service volunteers walked into the area and found the pilot about 9.15pm.

Police search and rescue officers climbed the tree, placed a harness around the man and carried him to safety an hour later.

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