Fire Department Crews Rescue Injured Paraglider
At about 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Missoula Fire Department crews were dispatched to the area of Mount Sentinel for a report of a paraglider that was seen crashing the mountain’s south peak.
Battalion Chief Dave Wolter got the call.
“Missoula Fire Dept. responded with three crews and a command vehicle to assess and access the patient located near the top of the mountain in a timbered ravine,” said Wolter. “Missoula Emergency Services and the Lolo National Forest law enforcement officer were also dispatched.”
Wolter indicated that firefighters would need Lifeflight to transport the victim.
“Lifeflight Network was requested by Missoula Fire Department due to the remote location and distance up on the mountain,” he said. “Lifeflight was able to locate a landing spot and get personnel to the patient to begin treatment. An off duty Missoula Fire Department firefighter was up in the area and able to guide Lifeflight and a Fire Department crew in to stabilize, treat and move the patient 500 yards to the awaiting helicopter on the ridge top. The patient was listed as being stable with possible back injuries and was flown to St Pats Hospital.”
As the weather warms paragliders can be seen from the University area where they land in many cases at the University Golf Course.