Fatal Paraglider Accident Near Chalfant

A woman from Vermont died after a paragliding accident on Sunday.

paiute_canyon_whitemountainsAccording to Mono County Sheriff Lt. Robert Weber, Mono Search and Rescue, Mono Sheriff Deputies, Symons Ambulance, and Chalfant Fire Fighters responded to Paiute Canyon, near Chalfant for a report of a downed paraglider at about 2:10 Sunday afternoon.

The Paiute Canyon launch site is located at about 8000 feet in elevation in the White Mountains above Hi-Head Hydro. Weber reports that emergency crews were able to hike to the victim, who had fallen from roughly 200 feet and landed about a quarter mile from the launch site. Other paragliders in the vicinity told rescuers that the victim was 37-year-old Guen Gifford, a Vermont resident. Gifford was unconscious, unresponsive, and had suffered multiple broken bones.

The victim was placed on a backboard and flown out to Reno where she died from her injuries.


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