A hang glider pilot had to be rescued after crashing into a tree in Northern Greenville County, according to the Glassy Mountain Fire Department. The call for help came in around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
First responders found one hang glider in a tree about 15 to 20 feet off the ground near the 13th hole at The Cliffs at Glassy Golf Course. The hang glider pilot told rescuers he was OK, but was unable to get down from the tree, according to Glassy Mountain Fire Department Public Information Officer Jarrod Parker. Due to the location and complexity of the rescue, the Greenville County Emergency Response Team was called in for a high-angle rescue.
The team included first responders from Boiling Springs, Berea, Piedmont Park, Taylors and the Donaldson Fire Department. First responders spotted a second hang glider in another tree. “The second individual was thrown due to what we are understanding from both of them, to a change of wind pattern,” Parker told South Carolina Radio Network. “He landed into a tree, but was able to self-extricate himself.”
There were no injuries to the hang glider pilots or the rescuers, Parker said. The hang glider pilots blamed a changing weather pattern for the crashes.
Due to the location and complexity of the rescue, the Greenville County Emergency Response Team was called in for a high-angle rescue.