Pamela Hargett, a 52-year-old South Carolina woman, was killed Saturday, May 12th, 2012 in a paragliding accident in the Torrey Pines area of San Diego, officials said. She was an experienced pilot who had trained in San Diego.
According to the San Diego County medical examiner, “for unknown reasons, she lost control and crashed into the side of the cliff.” The downed glider came to rest suspended on a cliff near Black’s Beach, said lifeguard Lt. Nick Lerma. Her fiancé, who also was paragliding, called 911.
At one point, as many as 20 rescuers struggled to reach Hargett. “It was in a very difficult area for rescue crews to get to,” said lifeguard Lt. John Everhart. Lifeguards rappelled down the cliff and secured the unconscious paraglider, Lerma said. Hargett was airlifted to a hospital in La Jolla, where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy is pending.
The city-owned Torrey Pines Gliderport is one of the nation’s major venues for hang gliding and paragliding.