The U.S. Coast Guard helped pulled a hang glider from the water off Pacifica Sunday. (Courtesy San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office)

SF man dies in hang gliding crash off Pacifica

Christopher Carillo, 44, landed in the ocean but was unable to make it to shore

The pilot of a hang glider who crashed into the Pacific Ocean off of the coast of Pacifica Sunday afternoon has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner’s office as 44-year-old San Francisco resident Christopher Carrillo.

Witnesses reported seeing the hang glider land in the ocean around 4 p.m. Sunday, county sheriff’s spokeswoman Detective Rosemerry Blankswade said.

The pilot, later identified as Carrillo, unhooked himself from the glider but was unable to make it ashore amid heavy surf and coastal cliffs, according to Blankswade.

About an hour later, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew located him about an eighth of a mile south of where he landed. He was pulled from the water unconscious and not breathing by the helicopter crew and was pronounced dead at 5:29 p.m. after being taken to paramedics waiting on a nearby bluff, Blankswade said.

Sheriff’s officials wrote on Twitter earlier Sunday that Carrillo had launched earlier in the day from Fort Funston in San Francisco and he “seemed to have caught a lot of wind, carrying his craft too far south.”

Carrillo posted many videos of his hang glider trips on Instagram, including one two weeks ago.

Just Posted

Tax on Uber, Lyft rides heading to voters

New fee intended to reduce traffic congestion, fund transit

Supes suffer sticker shock over cost of BART’s ‘fancy tents’ to cover escalators

Market Street canopy project to total $91.3M, with around half coming from city transportation bond

Proposed ‘IPO tax’ pulled from November ballot

Supervisor Mar plans to pursue revised measure in 2020

Hayes Valley to get more Green space

Sections of Octavia near popular park to close to traffic

SF’s checkout bag fee to rise to 25 cents

Legislation also bans plastic produce bags

Most Read