Swall Meadows man dies in paragliding accident

Inyo County Sheriff’s Office news release

INYO COUNTY, CA. August 15, 2019 – On August 14, at approximately 1:20pm, Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch received notification of an emergency In-Reach activation north of Striped Mountain near the Sierra Crest, south of Taboose Pass.

Further investigation revealed that the device was registered to Cody Tuttle, a 32-year old man from Swall Meadows above Bishop, CA. Tuttle was reported to be on a paragliding trip to Gabbs Nevada with two fellow paraglider pilots.

Inyo Sheriff requested aerial assistance from California Highway Patrol Inland Division Air Operations (H-80), as well as a helicopter from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park (SEKI). The SEKI helicopter located Tuttle at 12,600’ elevation and confirmed that he was deceased. CHP H-80 attempted to extract Tuttle, but due to altitude and afternoon heat they were unable to complete the recovery.

On August 15, CHP Coastal Division Air Operations (H-70) responded and recovered Tuttle; he was flown to the Bishop Airport where custody was transferred to the Inyo County Coroner.

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2 Responses to Swall Meadows man dies in paragliding accident

  1. Inyo Citizen August 16, 2019 at 10:14 am #

    Such a bummer.

     
  2. T-Bone August 18, 2019 at 4:20 pm #

    This is unfortunate. Cody had less than four years experience flying, and yet was tackling the most challenging and dangerous feat in the sport. Many of the world’s most experienced pilots simply won’t fly in the Owens Valley during summer, as the extreme turbulence and power of the Valley’s thermals can have devastating effects on non-rigid wing aircraft. Condolences to his wife and family.

     

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