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VIDEO: PBSO helicopter tracks paraglider flying in controlled airspace

PBSO helicopter video shows the effort to ground a paraglider who flew into controlled airspace in Boca Raton. (PBSO)

A paraglider attracted a police escort to the ground after flying into controlled airspace in Boca Raton.

CBS12 obtained an hour long video from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office as its eye-in-the-sky, the Eagle, tracked the paraglider as he floated along the shoreline in Boca Raton.

The incident happened in the afternoon of March 28 along South Ocean Boulevard.

The PBSO's Eagle 3 responded to a call from the Boca Raton Control Tower about a paraglider operating in the Boca Raton Airport Class D Airspace without clearance.

The helicopter team caught up with the paraglider flying about 500 feet in the air. It did not have a motor.

According to the sheriff's office, the Eagle crew sounded the on-board siren to get the paraglider's attention, but he kept floating around. Authorities believe he saw the PBSO helicopter tracking him but made no attempt to leave the controlled area.

The sheriff's office said officers from Boca Raton eventually got his attention and he landed on the beach.

Police spoke to the paraglider, identified as 39-year-old John J. Wagenhals of Boca Raton. And with the help of the PBSO helicopter, authorities showed Wagenhals the boundary of the controlled airspace, according to the offense report from the sheriff's office.


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