STA, 29 July 2020 - A 28-year-old Austrian paraglider was found dead in the Julian Alps in the early morning hours on Wednesday. The man took off from the Kobala paragliding takeoff in western Slovenia alongside a friend at 1pm yesterday but when he was still missing in the evening, a report was made to the police.
The Nova Gorica Police said the man was reported missing at 9pm, which triggered an immediate launch of a search and rescue campaign. He was found dead at about 3am this morning in steep and inaccessible terrain on the mountain of Vršič above the Predolina pasture.
The police said the paraglider seemed to have either fallen or crashed into the steep mountain side, sliding vertically at least 100 metres. He was found at the altitude of 1,326 metres.
His body was transported to Tolmin with a helicopter this morning.
Aviation crash investigators of the Infrastructure Ministry and the district prosecutor's office have been engaged for the investigation.