2 para-gliders killed in mid-air collision above Torrey Pines

Last Updated: Mar 11 2019 11:09

According to the Media reports, two people were killed in a mid-air paragliding accident above Torrey Pines Saturday, officials confirmed.

The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. near the park's glider port. Lifeguards said two men -- both experienced at the sport -- somehow collided, tangling up their parachutes before falling about 75 feet and crashing into the Cliffside.

Witness Ryan Bloum, 25, told the San Diego Union-Tribune, after colliding, the two men plummeted onto the bluff above San Diego’s Black’s Beach on Saturday, “twirling, almost like a leaf falling.”

San Diego firefighters had to use a helicopter to retrieve their bodies, KSWB reported.

The glider port operated by the city of San Diego on the cliffs is rated for intermediate fliers, who must check in and show a license, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Fatal crashes are rare, with the most recent taking place in 2012.

An article published in 2015 by the World Journal of Emergency Medicine reported 18 paragliding deaths and 64 traumatic injuries out of 242,355 paragliding jumps from August 2004 to September 2011.