Paraglider alert ends as a false alarm

Concern from a member of the public sparked a full-scale search for a paraglider near the Skyline Gondola in Queenstown yesterday.

Two police cars and two vehicles from St John responded to reports of a paraglider going missing among the trees at Bobs Peak.

A helicopter arrived shortly after 1.30pm and searched the trees for signs of a person for about an hour, before leaving.

St John staff and police are on stand-by at the foot of the Skyline Gondola, Queenstown, as a...
St John staff and police are on stand-by at the foot of the Skyline Gondola, Queenstown, as a helicopter searches for a ‘‘missing’’ person. It turned out to be a false alarm. PHOTO: MATTHEW MCKEW

A police spokeswoman said the paraglider had successfully landed in a gully, close to Bobs Peak, and it was false alarm.

Skyline Complex general manager Wayne Rose said a concerned member of the public watching from town had been worried the paraglider had hit a tree.

He said the shape of the peak could be deceiving for anybody watching the paragliders, but the person had landed safely.

matthew.mckew@odt.co.nz

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