LAKEWOOD - Rescue crews have recovered the body of a paraglider who was killed after crashing on Green Mountain Friday night.
West Metro Fire says the crash happened about 50 yards from a launch site on the west side of the mountain.
The paraglider called 911 himself around 8:30 p.m. and told dispatchers he was down.
"He told our dispatchers that he had crashed, that he was injured and basically that he was on the west side,” West Metro Fire spokeswoman Ronda Scholting said.
Crews searched through steep terrain, loose rocks, and nearly pitch black conditions with only lights from the Flight for Life helicopter.
“The paramedics started performing CPR on him, however his injuries were pretty extensive,” Scholting said. "He was separated from his chute. The chute landed up higher on the slope and he landed a little bit further down the slope from the chute.”
Recovery efforts resumed shortly before 7 a.m. on Saturday, and a technical rescue team was eventually able to use a high angle rope system to bring the man's body down the mountain.
Crews using high angle rope system to recover paraglider from Green Mountain crash site. pic.twitter.com/wXwPTfTEHO— WestMetroFire (@WestMetroFire) June 17, 2017
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