Paraglider leaps off top of mountain and crashes into icy slope, Wyoming rescuers say

A young paraglider tried flying off the top of a mountain but came crashing back down onto the icy slope, Wyoming rescuers said.

The injured 21-year-old Teton County resident was hauled out of the backcountry from the belly of a helicopter on Nov. 20, rescuers said on Facebook.

The crash happened about three-quarters of the way up the main ski run below the gondola on the summit of Snow King Mountain in Jackson around 1 p.m., Teton County Search and Rescue said.

It wasn’t possible for a helicopter to land on the steep, icy north-facing slope, so rescuers strapped the injured paraglider to a helicopter’s belly for the short flight out of the backcountry to an ambulance waiting at the base of the mountain, officials said.

Information about the paraglider’s condition was not provided.

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