2 paragliders killed in mid-air collision above Torrey Pines

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SAN DIEGO -- Two people were killed in a mid-air paragliding accident above Torrey Pines Saturday, officials confirmed.

The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. near the park's glider port. Lifeguards said two men -- both experienced at the sport -- somehow collided, tangling up their parachutes before falling about 75 feet and crashing into the cliffside.

Around 4 p.m., police confirmed that both people had been killed.

San Diego Fire-Rescue had to use a helicopter to recover the bodies because of their position on the cliff, officials said. One of the men was from Orange County and was in the process of getting a certification, while the other man was from San Diego and had even more experience, officials explained.

No further identification for the men was provided.

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