DALY CITY -- A 79-year-old man was in serious condition after being rescued from a hillside following a paragliding accident at Mussel Rock Beach about 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

According to the North County Fire Authority, crews responded on a cliff rescue assignment about a quarter mile north of the beach, at a popular paragliding area.

The man was placed on a backboard and taken via ambulance to the trauma unit at San Francisco General Hospital. No further information about his condition, identity or the accident was immediately available.

Paragliding is similar to hang-gliding but uses a parachute-like wing with a harness suspended below it instead of a rigid frame.

According to a website for Zephyr Paragliding, which offers information on paragliding in the Bay Area, Mussel Rock Beach -- known as "The Dump" -- can be treacherous for gliders, with dangers from power lines, drowning and crashes. It states that four paraglider pilots have had fatal accidents in the area.

Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.



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