Calgary man killed paragliding in Kananaskis Country

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Calgary man killed paragliding in Kananaskis Country
Calgary man killed paragliding in Kananaskis Country

A 56-year-old man from Calgary has died in a paragliding crash in Kananaskis.

Cochrane RCMP said they received a call that a paraglider was missing near Elbow Falls early Tuesday.

Cpl. Troy Savinkoff, said it came from concerned friends of the man who hadn’t heard from him since Monday.

“The vehicle that the deceased was driving was located at the Elbow Falls parking lot, said Savinkoff. “Using that as a reference, an aerial search was conducted with use of a helicopter, and it was within very short order that a paragliding apparatus was located in a tree.

“A ground search was conducted and the victim was located within very close proximity,” he said. “At some point in his descent, he became stuck in a tree a fair ways up in the air. In an attempt to come down, he fell a significant distance and was unfortunately succumbed to the injuries he received.”

The family of the man has been notified of his death.

RCMP encourage those taking part in these sorts of activities to take on a “buddy mentality,” and to have someone with them during them so help can be contacted quickly if something goes wrong.

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