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Paraglider killed in crash into river

NEW HAMPTON – A man who was paragliding in the New Hampton area late Wednesday afternoon died when he crashed into the Wallkill River, State Police said.

Pronounced dead at the scene was Rupert Cebular, 47, of New York City, police said.

Cebular and another man were each operating paragliders from Randall Airport, a small strip near Middletown.

The paraglider is a form of ultra-light flying machine in which the pilot wears a motor on his back and a paraglider wing, similar to a parachute.

Investigators said Cebular was flying over a branch of the Wallkill River, practicing a touch and go maneuver on the frozen river surface, when he broke through the ice and lost control of the paraglider.  Witnesses and the other pilot pulled him from the river and found him dead.

He was transported to the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy will be performed.