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PROVO — A man who was paragliding Tuesday and fell out of the sky was rescued after being trapped near Spanish Fork Canyon, authorities said.

Officers received calls about a paraglider who was falling out of the sky Tuesday evening, according to Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon. A Provo man, 57, was trapped near the mouth of the south side of Spanish Fork Canyon, near the windmills and above Escalante Cross, Cannon said.

The paraglider never lost consciousness and was able to tell officials he was in serious pain. A medical helicopter hoisted the man from a steep mountainside near the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon, Cannon said.

Officials don't know the extent of the man's injuries but they also don't have indication he had life-threatening injuries, Cannon said. He added the man was taken to Utah Valley Hospital by helicopter.

Contributing: Tracie Snowder,


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