Fatal Tree Encounter
2011-07-19 This enforces how surprisingly dangerous tree "landings" can be
Sherburne Country Sheriff
CLEAR LAKE — A 54-year-old Brainerd man died Saturday after he
collided with a parked vehicle while paragliding near Clear Lake, the
Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department reported.
The fatal crash happened about 5 p.m. Saturday, the sheriff’s
department reported. The victim, Michael Rademacher, had been in the air
about 10 minutes when the parachute portion of a paraglider became
tangled in a tree branch, causing him to careen into a parked vehicle
Attempts at the scene by family members and emergency personnel to
revive Rademacher were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the
The fatal crash happened on the 6900 block of River Road in Clear
Lake Township, where Rademacher was attending a family gathering, the
sheriff’s department reported.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.