Paraglider makes headlines for 2nd time in a week
SALEM, Mass. (WHDH) -- A paraglider made a crash landing in Salem after his propeller broke. This is the second time in a week the man’s flight ended with a call to police.
When his glider broke over Salem Harbor on Sunday afternoon, Patrick Tarmey set his sights on a small island a hundred yards in the distance.
“Landed in a big pile of berry bushes -- pretty soft, surprisingly,” said Tarmey.
For the second time in a week, paragliding steered Tarmey into a tangle -- the last flight landed him in trouble with the law.
“I just can’t stay out of the news this week,” said Tarmey.
On the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Salem police arrested Tarmey. His tour around Salem that day prompted concern from people after an officer questioned Tarmey. He was charged with disorderly conduct.
At the time Tarmey told 7News he got a little heated.
When Tarmey found himself stranded days later he knew he was about to have more words with police. This time, when he dialed 911 he was asking for help.
“We have a relationship now. They were joking about it, they were laughing about it,” said Tarmey.
The harbormaster rescued Tarmey after he climbed out of the berry bushes. By that time, the paraglider was ready to joke about the sticky situation.
“First thing he said to me, he asked me if I thought he was going to get arrested again,” said Gary Nicgorski, Salem assistant harbormaster, with a laugh.
Charges against the paraglider were dropped. He now has a standing offer for Salem police officers -- he said he’ll take any of them up on a tandem flight.
He doesn’t have any takers yet.