Paraglider fatality near Portland

A man aged in his 50s, died after complications while flying a motorised paraglider over Bridgewater Bay National Park about 5pm on Friday.

A man aged in his 50s, died after complications while flying a motorised paraglider over Bridgewater Bay National Park about 5pm on Friday.

A PARAGLIDER died after apparently suffering a mid-air medical emergency at Mount Richmond on Friday.

The man, aged in his 50s, was flying a motorised paraglider over Bridgewater Bay National Park about 5pm when a companion noticed he was slowly descending.

The craft eventually landed in remote coastal scrub at Cape Bridgewater, at which point his friend also landed and raised the alarm.

A police spokeswoman said the man was found dead about 100 metres from the beach and a helicopter winched the body from the scene.

“The pair were flying over remote scrub when one man noticed the other descending,” the spokeswoman said. 

“He raised the alarm and shortly after police and emergency services searched the area. 

“The man was found deceased in scrub about 100 metres from the beach at Cape Bridgewater.”

Police will prepare a report for the coroner and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. The Hang Gliding Federation has been notified.

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