Idaho Paraglider Survives 100-Foot Fall

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An Idaho man says he is thankful to be alive after his malfunctioning engine-powered paraglider sent him plunging 100 feet to the ground.

Hoyt Dale Patton, Jr., 56, was still conscious when he landed in a remote area of Boundary County, Idaho.

Michael Rocha and Dorene Dehlborn, who were driving by at the time of Patton's fall, rushed to his aid and called 911. 

"He crashed so hard it was unreal - just banged right into the pavement," Dehlborn told Spokane television station KXLY.

Despite a broken pelvis, ribs and elbow, Patton says he will be taking to the skies again as soon as he is able to do so.

Patton's declaration came as no surprise to his wife Diane, who says that taking risks is nothing new for him.

"I've seen him do some pretty crazy take offs and landings. It's real scary to me, but he's not scared," she said.

Patton says he realizes how lucky he is to be alive. But the competitive skydiver and pilot also says that flying is his passion and he won't be giving it up any time soon.

"I don't explain my life in any other terms than in miracles," he said. "I think that I'm obligated to live it out a certain way because it tastes so incredibly awesome."

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