A paraglider who lost control of his chute was rescued a Woodrat Mountain outside of Ruch Thursday night. The Applegate Valley Fire District received the 911 call at 6:30 p.m.
The pilot lost control shortly after takeoff, and fell 50-75 vertical feet, landing in trees and rocks about 125 feet down the cliff. The injured man was treated at the crash site. Firefighter/EMTs packaged him into a Stokes litter. A rope system was used to haul the patient to the top of Woodrat, where a Mercy Flights helicopter was waiting to transport him to a Medford hospital.
Woodrat Mountain is a popular jump site for paragliders and extreme enthusiasts preparing for the annual "Rat Race," occurring this weeked in the Applegate Valley.