02/15/2013 11:39 EST | Updated 04/17/2013 05:12 EDT

Canmore Paraglider Rescued After Accident

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A paraglider flies over the Tourmalet pass, southern France, on May 16, 2012. AFP PHOTO/PASCAL PAVANI (Photo credit should read PASCAL PAVANI/AFP/GettyImages)

CANMORE -- A 38-year-old man has sustained critical injuries in a paragliding accident in the Rocky Mountains.

A helicopter was brought and lowered a sling to carry the man out from the accident site at Mount Lady MacDonald near Canmore, Alta.

An ambulance took him to hospital in Canmore where an air ambulance was waiting to transport him to Calgary.

Matt Mueller, a public safety officer with Alberta Parks, says the man was conscious and knew what was going on.

Mueller says the man crashed on a steep gravel slope in a gully below the tree line.

The man was with a friend who was able to use a cell phone to call for help.

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