SALEM — National Park Service rangers put the kibosh on efforts yesterday to use a powered parachute on Derby Wharf.

According to the police log, Ranger Michael Parr told a man attempting to use a self-propelled paraglider that it was forbidden by federal regulations in the Derby Wharf area.

The would-be flier told them he was with Paramotor Tours of Beverly, the company started by Newburyport resident Patrick Tarmey.

His website describes a device similar to the kitelike parasails that can be pulled by power boats and send a clinging passenger gliding high into the sky, but with a motor, harness and propeller attached beneath the parachute.

The device is not wanted in the shadow of the Custom House and the Friendship, however. Parr was careful to contact the Salem police in an effort to make sure it does not come back.

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