Whitehorse paraglider injured in Atlin

Police and ambulance were called after a paraglider struck the ground Saturday afternoon near Surprise Lake Road, east of town.

This weekend’s art and music festival was an uneventful one, at least for the Atlin RCMP.

The small northern British Columbia town usually has a population of between 300 and 500 people. During the Atlin Arts and Music Festival, there are seven or eight times that many people in town, said detachment commander Cpl. Wade Fisher.

“By and large it was a peaceful weekend of people looking to hear good music,” Fisher said today.

The one major event had little to do with the music.

Police and ambulance were called after a paraglider struck the ground Saturday afternoon near Surprise Lake Road, east of town.

There is no cell phone service in Atlin, but Fisher said the man called for help from his satellite phone.

“He was with a group of people at the time, including a doctor,” Fisher said.

An ambulance was able to reach the man. He was taken to the Atlin nursing station and then later airlifted to Whitehorse General Hospital.

The hospital’s Val Pike confirmed this morning that a 42-year-old Whitehorse man is in stable condition with a back injury.

Contact Ashley Joannou at ashleyj@yukon-news.com

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