A paraglider was seriously injured Thursday when he made a hard landing on a hilltop on the Soboba Indian Reservation in San Jacinto.

The 26-year-old man, whose identity was not released, crashed about 10:40 a.m. on a butte in the 200 block of Soboba Road, just south of State Street, on the north end of the reservation, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

The victim was apparently circling to land when he went down at an elevation of 1,600 to 2,000 feet, according to reports from the scene. There was no word on whether he was an amateur or experienced paraglider.

A fire department crew, including paramedics, hiked to the location from a dirt road and found the man conscious, with injuries to his lower back and pelvis, officials said.

A Cal Fire helicopter crew was activated and dispatched to the scene to perform a hoist lift. By 11:30 a.m., the operation was still underway, with plans to take the man to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley.

The victim had departed Soboba Paragliding, according to the fire department. The facility requires training before allowing visitors to pilot their own rig, which consists of an overhead wing-like chute that enables users to soar, relying on thermals and winds for lift.

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