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Paraglider hurt in weekend mishap in Meeker County

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LITCHFIELD — A paraglider was hurt after accidentally crashing to the ground Saturday evening in field in Cosmos Township.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office said Linda McClary, 53, of Eagan was paragliding with a group of people from the SDI Paragliding Academy of Farmington. She was being towed by a vehicle and was approximately 20 feet in the air when the safety link brake released, causing her to fall to the ground in a field northwest of the intersection of Meeker County Road 37 and 515th Street. The safety link brake is a piece of safety equipment designed to release the rope from the towing vehicle if too much tension is built up.

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The Cosmos Ambulance took McClary to the Hutchinson Hospital for treatment of nonlife-threatening injuries.

Ambulance personnel and sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene shortly after 8 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office said McClary is an experienced paraglider with a paragliding license. She was wearing a parachute but wasn’t high enough to deploy it, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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