Western Cape police have launched an investigation into the 20 February incident in which a young paraglider crashed into Lion’s Head and died.
23-year-old Roderick Theron crashed into the side of the mountain that faces the Clifton beaches.
Medics were sent to the scene and Theron was airlifted from the mountain to Chris Barnard hospital where he was declared deceased upon arrival.
Following the incident the South Africa Hang-Gliding and Paragliding Association (SAHPA) issued a statement saying they received reports of a young male pilot who was involved in a speed-flying accident and later died of his injuries.
At the time the association also confirmed that he was not a SAHPA member, nor a licensed paraglider pilot.
SAPS opens probe 7-months after fatal incident
On Thursday morning, SAPS released a statement confirming that a docket is now open for investigation.
“Camps Bay police are seeking the assistance of the public to assist them with their investigation after a 23-year-old paraglider known as Roderick Theron, sustained fatal injuries whilst paragliding from Lions Heads on 20 February 2021. He was admitted to Chris Barnard hospital where he was declared deceased upon arrival.”
“An Inquest docket was opened for investigation.”
“Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Crime Stop on 08600 10111 alternatively call the investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Jerome Matthews, on 081 432 6150.”