Paraglider Dies After Crashing Through Frozen Upstate New York River

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013  |  Updated 6:30 AM EDT
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Paraglider Killed in Upstate Crash

NBC10 Philadelphia

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A paraglider pilot was killed after crashing through a frozen river in upstate New York Wednesday afternoon, state police say.

The pilot, 47-year-old Rupert Cebular, crashed while practicing touch-and-go maneuvers on the ice-covered Wallkill River near Soons Orchard in Orange County, police say. The man broke through the ice and lost control of the paraglider.

A second paraglider and workers nearby tried to pull Cebular from under the ice using a rope, but were unsuccessful. They eventually pulled his body from the river.

Orange County medical examiners will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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