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NYC man killed in paragliding accident

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One man is dead after crashing his powered paraglider on the Wallkill River Wednesday afternoon. It happened around 3:45 p.m. in New Hampton. YNN's Jessica Chen has the details.

NEW HAMPTON, N.Y. -- The local body shops pulls what's left of the powered paraglider from the Soon's Orchard in New Hampton. Police said Rupert Cebular, 47, and a friend were powered paragliding in the area Wednesday afternoon.

"They were flying gliding along the Wallkill River and at some point for unknown reason, one of the gentleman entered the river," said New York State Police Captain Brendan Casey.

Officials said Cebular was practicing a touch and go maneuver on the frozen Wallkill River surface when he broke through the ice. They said he then lost control of his paraglider.

"We're unsure as to why if it was a mechanical malfunction or operator error," said Casey.

Police said his friend, who landed safely, pulled Cebular out of the water, but it was too late.

Officials said his friend, 43, also suffered from hypothermia and had to be taken to the Orange Regional Medical Center.

"Light ice on the water so the water is very cold, but other than that, he appears uninjured," said Casey.

The two men, both from New York City, took off from Randall Airport with their Powered Paragliders.

This form of flying requires a motor attached to the pilot's back along with a wing.

Police said it's unclear if both are new or experienced powered paragliders.

In the meantime, police are continuing their investigation to see what exactly caused the paraglider to go down. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP