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.