Paraglider plucked from San Jacinto mountainside after crash

SAN JACINTO, Calif., — A paraglider who crashed into a San Jacinto mountainside after launching from the Soboba Fly Park was plucked from the scene of the crash during a hoist rescue that took place Friday, Oct. 29. The injured paraglider survived the crash and was hospitalized with unspecified injuries after being rescued.


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Cal Fire-Riverside firefighter and paramedics, along with sheriff’s deputies and other emergency personnel, were alerted to the accident shortly before 1 p.m. after witnesses called 911 and reported the crash, which happened on the north side of the mountain near the 200 block of Soboba Road.

A sheriff’s official is seen conducting a hoist rescue after a paraglider crashed after launching from the Soboba Fly Park in San Jacinto Friday. Riverside County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit photos

Due to the rugged terrain and rural location of the incident, it was determined a hoist rescue was necessary and the Sheriff’s newest helicopter, RESCUE 9, was launched to the scene to assist.

Once in the area and over the location, two Rescue Technicians of were hoisted down with a “Stokes Basket” and the victim was evaluated and secured.

The victim was then hoisted to the helicopter and flown to the base of the mountain where the person was safely offloaded to awaiting paramedics. The injured paraglider was then transported to an area hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.