SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Authorities say a California man fell 1,000 feet to his death in a paragliding accident while his teenage daughter, who was flying in tandem with him, survived.
A Santa Barbara County sheriff’s statement Monday says veterinarian Ronald Faoro, 60, died after witnesses say Faoro fell from about 1,000 feet and landed in a steep canyon area. Rescue teams found him and declared him dead.
His 16-year-old daughter continued on the paraglider for another quarter-mile and crashed into a ridge. She was spotted and lifted out by helicopter but had only minor injuries.
The coroner’s office is investigating the accident to determine how it happened.
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Paragliding resembles a combination of hang-gliding and skydiving, where a pilot launches on foot and sits below a fabric wing that catches the wind.