Ivins man dies in paragliding accident

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MOHAVE COUNTY, Ariz. – Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a paragliding accident in the area of Joe Blake Hill, approximately 5 miles south of Utah and 30 miles east of Nevada, Saturday, April 21.

At about 11:08 a.m., deputies responded to the north side of the hill.  While en route, dispatch advised that the victim did not survive the accident.  Upon arrival, Care Flight medical staff said CPR was conducted, but 33-year-old Matt R. Lewis of Ivins was pronounced deceased.

Search and Rescue, Kingman Ranger and Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter responded and recovered the victim.


Investigations have determined the victim was airborne briefly until he crashed into the side of the mountain.  The area is composed of lava rock and desert.  The victim was approximately 150 feet below from the initial take off from the cliff.  The SAR member and a deputy were flown near the victim where they were inserted into the side of the mountain.  They hiked approximately 150 yards and prepared the victim to be hoisted.  Kingman Ranger hoisted the victim out of the location.

Autopsy results are pending.

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