Helicopter rescues paraglider from tree

TRAIL, Ore. - A gust of wind pushed a paraglider past his landing site and into a tree Saturday afternoon.

Search and rescue crews used a helicopter to pluck the paraglider from the tree.

He was safely back on the ground a half hour after the initial call to the sheriff's office.

Tate Scharnberg, 17, of Yreka, Calif., got stuck in the tree after being pulled aloft aboard the paraglider behind a boat on Lost Creek Lake, the sheriff's office said.

Once he was up at 3,000 feet, Scharnberg detached from the boat.

The plan: to glide back down and land.

But a gust of wind pushed Scharnberg past Lost Creek Lake marina and deposited him in the branches of a tree around 1:10 p.m.

Jackson County Search and Rescue volunteers located Scharnberg and used a helicopter to perform an air rescue.

Scharnberg was removed from the tree without injury and safely back on the ground by 1:40 p.m.