Parachutist crashes, dies on Mount St. Helena

2013-09-22T16:06:00Z 2013-09-30T15:14:13Z Parachutist crashes, dies on Mount St. HelenaRegister staff Napa Valley Register
September 22, 2013 4:06 pm  • 

An Upvalley sport parachutist has died after a crash Sunday afternoon on Mount St. Helena, according to authorities.

Walden Grindle, 35, of St. Helena went down on the south side of the mountain, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Doug Pace. The crash site was about three-quarters of a mile west of the mountain’s access road, which starts across the street from the parking area of Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, north of Calistoga.

CalFire was notified of the incident at about 12:45 p.m., according to communications operator Louis Karlow.

An emergency response radio beacon was triggered that notified Emergency Response International, which passed the distress signal to CalFire and the Sheriff’s Office, according to Pace. He was found dead at the scene, Pace said.

Other details about the crash were not immediately available Sunday evening.

Engines from CalFire and the Calistoga Fire Department responded to the crash, as did a CalFire aircraft, according to CalFire Capt. Frank Engelbert.

This story was updated after the original posting.

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(5) Comments

  1. Sman
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    Sman - September 22, 2013 10:03 pm
    Someone needs to go back to journalism school. Did this person crash in an airplane, wreck in a car or die while parachuting? How did he activate an emergency beacon if he died in the crash / wreck / fall? Please, Register, read the story before you post it.

  2. reagangirl
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    reagangirl - September 23, 2013 9:13 am
    I, too, am getting tired of the poor journalism of this newspaper.
    According to the 10 p.m. news, he was in a glider(?)
    Please get the story correct.
    Most importantly, prayers for his family.
  3. furray
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    furray - September 23, 2013 10:40 am
    I couldn't agree more. How to make a straight forward story so confusing
  4. newtothevalley
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    newtothevalley - September 23, 2013 11:22 am

    This is a better source for this tragic story. My sympathy to Mr. Grindle's loved ones.
  5. catstew2
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    catstew2 - September 23, 2013 1:59 pm
    I was thoroughly confused by this article. I pictured him jumping from a plane and crashing. Where's the "who, what, where & how?"
    Condolences to his family, friends & coworkers.
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