Man’s ultralight powered glider went down in Lake Beauclair, officials say

By Brianna Volz – Web producer

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – The body of a man involved in a paragliding accident has been recovered after the paraglider went down in Lake County, officials said.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office have since identified the man as Michael D. McGuire from Kentucky.

Crews responded to the crash around 7:30 a.m. Monday after a witness reported a small aircraft appeared to be malfunctioning and spinning out of control before landing in Lake Beauclair in Tavares, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

“Some of his buddies were flying around above him to see if everything is OK,” the witness told 911 dispatch.

The Tavares Fire Department also responded as crews worked to recover the 59-year-old’s body. The department posted a tweet saying units were working from Deer Island, where the other two pilots landed safely on the golf course.

Crews were able to retrieve the ultralight powered glider McGuire was operating. It’s unclear what may have caused the aircraft to malfunction.

No other details were immediately available.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 6 and for updates.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect a paragliding incident in Lake Beauclair. Officials originally reported that a plane crashed in the water.