PHOTO: Paraglider descending to beach. (Wikipedia)
KEANSBURG, NJ - A 46 year old male was airlifted to the hospital after he was seriously injured in a paragliding incident on the Keansburg Beach.
On October 3, 2018, at approximately 2:21 pm, the Keansburg Police were dispatched to the beach, approximately 100 yards west of the fishing pier, for an unconscious male subject who fell from a paraglider. Upon arrival, the victim was conscious and alert but sustained multiple injuries. Witnesses reported after the victim launched his glider off the beach, the glider veered right and when he tried to correct himself, he lost control and landed face first into the water near the shoreline. They ran to his assistance and pulled him onto the beach.
Keansburg EMS arrived on scene, assessed his injuries, and requested Medevac. The victim was then secured to a backboard, placed into a Humvee, and transported off of the beach to the Ambulance, where he was ultimately taken to the St. John’s Field and airlifted to Jersey Shore Medical Center by Medevac.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was contacted and advised of the incident.
This incident was handled by Patrolman Brian VonBargen, with the assistance of Captain Wayne Davis, Lieutenant William Brink, Lieutenant Dennis Valle, Sergeant Joseph Jankowski, Patrolman John Murray and Patrolman Christopher Hosey.
Thank you to the Keansburg EMS, Keansburg Fire Department, MONOC Paramedics and MONOC Medevac for their quick response and assistance.
Last but not least, a special thank you to the witnesses who acted quickly to rescue the victim from the water.
The Keansburg Police Department wishes the victim a speedy recovery.