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Officials in Nevada search for missing paraglider who never arrived at destination

Liftoff: Aug. 22 at Shoshone Mountain
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Posted at 12:34 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 15:39:06-04

NYE COUNTY (KTNV) — Officials in Nye County are searching for a missing paraglider who they say never arrived at his planned destination.

The county sheriff's office received a call on Aug. 23 that James “Kiwi” Johnston (Oroc) never arrived at Wendover after lifting off from the Shoshone Mountain the day before, on Aug. 22.

After approximately 24 hours of no contact with him, the other two pilots in the group notified authorities.

Authorities say a Search and Rescue team to respond to the area of the last logged GPS coordinates in the northern end of Nye County near the Ninemile Peak.

The area was searched again on Aug. 24 during daylight with no success, authorities say.

Civilian Air Patrol began flying the area in the afternoon on Aug. 24 and continued today with no success.

Reach medical services flew the area with a helicopter over the GPS coordinates as well with no success.

The State of Nevada Search and Rescue coordinator has been contacted and has provided additional aircraft for support.

The circumstances and conditions of Johnston are unknown at this time.

The search is ongoing.

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