Corvallis man dies in paragliding accident

Cape Lookout State Park in Tillamook, Oregon. (Oregon State Police photo)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. -- A Corvallis man has died after a paragliding accident turned fatal at Cape Lookout State Park in Tillamook, Oregon State Police said.

The accident happened around 5 p.m. Saturday.

According to OSP, a para-glider had launched from a cliff overlooking the beach and rapidly descended to the rocks below.

The man, identified as 53-year-old Clifton W. Westin of Corvallis, was observed on the rocks immediately after falling, and was then washed into the ocean by waves, police said.

Emergency responders were unable to reach Westin from the shore. The US Coast Guard launched a helicopter and a motor life boat from the Tillamook Bay Station.

Police say Westin was recovered by the motor life boat crew and was unresponsive when brought on board. He was pronounced dead by medical personnel a short time later after lifesaving measures were performed, according to police.

Assisting the Oregon State Police with the investigation were the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, Netarts Fire and Rescue, the United States Coast Guard, the Tillamook County District Attorney and the Tillamook County Medical Examiner.

Westin's body was transported by and to Waud's Funeral Home in Tillamook.

There was no immediate word on what caused Westin to crash.

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