Report of downed hang glider in Kamloops a false alarm

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KAMLOOPS - A report of a downed hang glider on Mt. Paul brought out Kamloops Fire Rescue, RCMP, the B.C. Ambulance Service and Kamloops Search and Rescue last night, but it appears to be a false alarm.

A witness was driving along Highway 5 when she spotted what looked like a crashing hang glider yesterday evening, Sept. 8, search and rescue manager Alan Hobler says. However, a search lasting until 11 p.m. turned up nothing.

Firefighters were the first on scene. The search and rescue team assisted and used a drone to help cover the area using its infrared camera.

“We were searching the shale slopes near the smiley face,” he says. “It was called off due to safety concerns.”

Hobler says searchers didn't find a vehicle in the area either and figures the witness may have seen a paraglider or someone parasailing and thought it was a hang glider crashing.

He says the search won't resume unless a missing person is reported.


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