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A 27-year-old man was rescued by authorities Thursday after he was injured in a paragliding crash.

The Denver-area man crashed around noon in the vicinity of Wonderland Lake, a popular paragliding spot, northwest of Boulder, according to a Boulder County Sheriff’s Office news release.  At the time of his rescue, the man was having difficulty breathing. He was taken to a hospital with injuries to his left arm and ribs. He was wearing a helmet, which likely saved his life, according to the release.

It appeared the right wing of the paraglider collapsed as the man was making a right turn, according to witnesses who saw the crash. He is believed to have fallen 50 to 100 feet in the air, according to the release. A nurse, who was in the area, rendered aid until rescuers arrived.

Personnel from Boulder Mountain Fire were the first official rescuers on scene. Volunteer rescuers from Rocky Mountain Rescue Group arrived and did a 75-foot litter evacuation uphill back to the top of the ridge, then a 100-foot side hill evacuation down to a waiting ambulance, the release said. Paramedics then provided additional medical care before taking him the hospital.

Responding agencies included: 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, according to the release.

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