Monday, May 11, 2009

According To News 22, Paraglider Accident Was False Alarm

Recent pictures of paraglider activity on Mt. Tom

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - Reports of an injured paraglider in Holyoke caused a scene a the Mt. Tom reservation. Luckily, it was a false alarm.

Rescue crews descended down the mountainside after they received reports of a downed paraglider around 9 P.M. on Saturday.

The report caused a significant amount of manpower to be deployed for assistance. The Massachusetts State Police air wing was hovering above and the Holyoke fire tactical team searched the ground.

The reported parachute ended up being nothing more than a painted rock.

"We got a call for a possible chute from a hang glider on the side of the mountain," explained William Kane, a deupty chief for the Holyoke Fire Department. "We responded with units and used tactical units with rope rescue to the top of the mountain with aid of state police we discovered it was graffiti, a rock painted pink."

While it took a lot of manpower and money for the search, Deputy fire Chief Kane told 22News he's happy no one was actually hurt.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good morning Leonard

Thanks for Holyoke street pictures on your new blog. I commented but I don't know about urls and signing in procedures etc, so I'll thank you here for sharing your town.