A 59 year old California man has died after crashing while paragliding over Utah Lake.
*** UPDATE *** Initial information regarding the paraglider crash on Utah Lake indicated the victim fell from approximately 150 feet. After further discussion with witnesses investigators determined the boat that towed Siegfried Muhlhauser had 150 feet of cable. From that point Muhlhauser released from the cable and soared independently from the boat. These witnesses estimate he was 2,000 feet above the water when he initiated his "drill". It appears that a reserve chute may have been worn incorrectly and the victim was unable to get that chute to deploy. Muhlhauser had more than 20 years experience with paragliders.
On May 1, 2015, a little after 6:00 PM, Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of a man who crashed into Utah Lake while paragliding. The man was reportedly about 150 feet in the air while being towed behind a boat near the south end of Saratoga Springs. Witnesses with the man said he was conducting "drills" designed to simulate responding to in-flight emergencies when something happened and the paraglider fell into the water. The man was under water for several minutes before witnesses got him into a boat. The man was not breathing and witnesses initiated CPR. Saratoga Springs Fire and Rescue and Lehi Fire personnel responded and continued efforts to revive the man. Those efforts proved unsuccessful and the man was pronounced dead at the scene in Pelican Bay Marina. The Victim is Siegfried C. Muhlhauser, age 59, from Murrieta, California. His body will be taken to the Office of Medical Examiner in Salt Lake City.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO