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Deltonan escapes injury in aerial mishap

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON It's a bird, it's a plane... — A Deltona man was uninjured after firefighters rescued him after his powered paraglider and wing became stuck in a tree.

It's a bird, it's a plane... — A Deltona man was uninjured after firefighters rescued him after his powered paraglider and wing became stuck in a tree.

PHOTO COURTESY DELTONA FIRE DEPARTMENT

Trial and error is sometimes a dangerous way to learn a new skill, as a Deltona man learned anew Friday morning, Dec. 8.

The owner of a powered paraglider was trying to master flying it along Wiggly Farms Road, north of Elkcam Boulevard, when something went wrong.

“He was not hurt in the accident,” Deltona Fire Chief Bill Snyder said. “He turned the wrong way and ended up in the trees. He was about 40 to 50 feet above the ground. We sent out our ladder truck to extricate him.”

Snyder added the emergency-dispatch call came at 8:20 a.m., and “we got on the scene at 8:27.”

Snyder could not provide the name of the paraglider pilot, but he said he appeared to be in his middle to late 30s.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to the call, Snyder concluded.

— Al Everson
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