Accident scene

The Piute County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a paragliding accident Wednesday, Aug. 14, at approximately 2:20 p.m.

The missing paraglider was reported approximately five miles west of Junction.

"Piute and Sevier County search and rescue responded to do a foot search of rough terrain, North of State Route 153 on the Beaver Mountain Ranger District," said Piute County Sheriff Marty Gleave.

He said a witness observed Norman Stevens, 65, take off, said that she noticed he had slipped below his harness upon takeoff and was hanging on by his hands. At one point, the witness observed his glider wing collapse and then went out of sight into a deep canyon.

The parachute of the aircraft was located but the victim was not located at the site of the crash. A search for the subject was conducted for approximately four hours.

At approximately 6 p.m., a helicopter from Classic Lifeguard was able to locate the victim’s body from the air. The Department of Public Safety’s Helicopter was dispatched to the scene to hoist the victim from the canyon.

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