SAN FRANCISCO—A hang glider died on Sunday, April 21 after crashing into the ocean off the coast of Pacifica, the California Highway Patrol reported. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office reported that at approximately 4:01 p.m. witnesses reported a hang glider who appeared in distress over the ocean north of Gray Whale Cove in the Devil’s Slide area of Highway 1 in unincorporated San Mateo County.
According to witnesses, the hang glider landed in the ocean, unhooked himself from the glider, but was not able to make it ashore due to the heavy surf and cliffs. A CHP helicopter, US Coast Guard, and the San Mateo County Harbor master arrived on scene, but had difficulty locating the victim.
At approximately 5:09 p.m., a US Coast Guard helicopter located the victim in the water approximately 1/8 of a mile south of where he landed in the water. He was unconscious and not breathing. The victim was retrieved from the waters, where paramedics immediately started CPR. They were unable to resuscitate the victim who was pronounced dead at 5:29 p.m.
The name of the victim has been identified as Christopher Carrillo, 44, of San Francisco. Anyone with details is asked to call San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office at 650-726-8288, or remain anonymous and use the anonymous tip line 1-800-547-2700.