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Rhode Island man, 49, crashes off Newburyport

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. — A Rhode Island man who was paragliding off Plum Island Saturday afternoon died after crashing into the water, Newburyport police said,

“It appears that during takeoff he experienced some sort of mechanical issue,” Police Lieutenant Richard Siemasko told the Boston Globe. “The man was in the water for 20 to 25 minutes after going down about 50 yards from shore. “It’s just bitterly, bitterly cold — you don’t have a lot of time in the cold water like that,” Siemasko said.

The water temperature was 38 degrees with an air temperature of 28, the Coast Guard said.

The crew of a 47-foot Coast Guard boat recovered the man, 49, and brought him to shore.   He was pronounced dead at Anna Jaques Hospital.

The man’s name was not immediately released by officials pending the notification of relatives.