GREENLAND – Emergency responders received an unusual call Sunday morning – a report of a man in a parachute, stuck in a tree.
Fire Chief Ralph Cresta said there was indeed a man in a tree that they rescued. "But, it wasn’t a parachute," said Cresta. "It was a paraglider. We got him down and, other than a few scratches, he is fine." Cresta said the call came in at 8:15 a.m., and the rescue took about two hours.
"He was in Sanders Field on Post Road, the place where they hold those Ultralight Fly ins. He was using the paraglider and he touched a tree and got stuck."
A bucket truck from Exeter was called in to help get the unidentified man down. Cresta said because of where the tree was, they could not get him down using their ladder truck. He said the man was not a Greenland resident.
Paragliders feature a pilot in a harness suspended below a wing made of fabric. There is no engine.
Cresta said the man did not require a medical transport.