RCMP investigate death of paraglider

Vernon North Okanagan

2023-07-14 10:00 PDT

File # 2023-4195

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The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP is investigating the death of a man while paragliding near Lumby on Thursday.

On Thursday, July 13th, 2023 around 8 a.m., the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a report of a paragliding incident near Lumby. A frontline officer attended the location in the 200-block of Mabel Lake Road and found BC Emergency Health Service personnel providing medial attention to an unresponsive man in a field. Sadly, the man succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The initial investigation has determined that the 63-year old Vernon man, an experienced hang-gliding pilot, began a paragliding flight when he suddenly and unexpectedly collided with the ground shortly after takeoff.

This is an incredibly tragic event and our hearts go out to the family and friends of the deceased, states Constable Chris Terleski, Media Relations Officer for the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP.

No criminality is suspected and the BC Coroners Service was notified and is conducting an independent and concurrent fact-finding investigation. No additional information is available for release at this time.

Released by:

Cst. Chris Terleski
Media Relations Officer
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP
3402 30th St, Vernon, B.C. V1T 5E5
Office: 250-260-7161
Fax: 250-260-7191

Email: vernon_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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