Man dies in paraglider crash

DPS copter unit spots wreck near Cameron

Milam County logged a rare aviation fatality Sunday when a 50-year-old Georgia man died in a paraglider crash near Cameron.

A Department of Public Safety helicopter crew spotted the wreckage of Don Bayliss’s craft about 3:15 p.m. Monday, on County Road 202, near Texas 36-US 190.

The rural location is west of Cameron. Sheriff David Greene said the crashed craft was in a clearing in the midst of a wooded area.

Bayliss was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Sam Berry.

Sunday was the first day of the 2012 Lone Star Paragliding Championships in Hearne.

Paragliders were supposed to have flown a course to the Rockdale area, then the Cameron area, then back to Hearne.

Organizers called off the event about 3:30 p.m. after wind and rain moved in from the east. But Bayliss did not return, sending his last transmission about 4 p.m. He was believed to have reached an altitude of about 4,000 feet.

The DPS searched areas of Robertson and Milam counties until dark Sunday and then resumed the search Monday, spotting Bayliss’s blue, black and white craft.

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