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A Beaverton man has died following a paraglider crash on the rocks near Cape Lookout State Park.

Crews from the Netarts Oceanside Fire District along with the U.S. Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay were dispatched moments after 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, to a reported paraglider down on the rocks between Cape Lookout State Park and Cape Lookout.

Reports from bystanders and other paragliders with radio communications said the individual went down south of the Cape Lookout State Park.

Oregon State Police (OSP) investigators said 44-year-old Gary B. Mudrow had been paragliding from the Cape Lookout State Park. Witnesses and a friend of Mudrow indicated Mudrow appeared to be too low after takeoff and the friend tried to radio him. The paraglide reportedly crashed into the ocean. Mudrow was seen attempting to use the paraglide as a flotation device. The witness landed on the beach but could no longer see Mudrow.

Upon fire district arrival, a crew from Netarts Oceanside Fire District said the crash site was in a remote area that could only be accessed by water rescue crews.

A water rescue team was able to reach Mudrow at the water’s edge. He reportedly was unconscious and not breathing.

Mudrow was rushed to shore to waiting medical crews and taken to Adventist Health Tillamook Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 7 p.m., according to Oregon State Police (OSP).

The Tillamook Headlight Herald assisted in this report.

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