Skydive Elsinore Pro Killed In Tragic Training Accident

Professional skydiver Jonathan Tagle, who trained out of Lake Elsinore, died in a training accident Wednesday.

A professional skydiver who trained in Lake Elsinore has been killed in a training accident.

Temecula Valley resident Jonathan Tagle, 43, who trained out of , died in Norway on Wednesday, according to a news release from his team, PD Factory Team.

“It’s with great sadness that we give you the facts surrounding the accident … please know that this is full disclosure and may be uncomfortable to read,” the June 28 news release read.

Tagle been jumping all morning with members of the Fazza Sky team on a particular run in the Eidfjord region in Norway, the release stated.

“He was flying aggressively and confidently in terrain where there is no margin for error. His canopy hit a tree in a very narrow deep part of the gorge, causing him to strike the side of the gorge wall and fall into the river below. The river swept him downstream and over several waterfalls until he got stuck at the bottom of one of them,” the news release continued.

A team member tried to retrieve Tagle from the water, but he was heavily entangled in lines and material and was face down, the release stated.

Crews cut away his canopy but could see the skydiver “was already gone.”

According to the report, the canopy was still wrapped around Tagle and started to reinflate, pulling him and the team member down the river toward the next waterfall. The team member had to let go and Tagle came to rest in the next pool, where a Medivac team eventually retrieved him.

“Once the coroner here is ready to release him, Jonathan will be flown back to his family in California,” Thursday’s news release stated.

that Tagle went up against 100 competitors from 24 countries to win one gold and two silver medals in the 2011 World Cup of Canopy Piloting in Klatovy, Czech Republic. He earned the gold in the accuracy event, as well as the overall silver medal and silver in the speed event, according to Nancy Koreen, spokesperson for the United States Parachute Association.

According to his PD Factory Team bio, Tagle called Skydive Elsinore home.

Jeanne Cordova Chavez June 29, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I love living so close to Elsinore's airport. For thirty years we have watched these amazing people pop those chutes and scream with joy. I am so sorry to hear of such a tragic and horrible death. I would not doubt I have seen this man floating to earth from my back yard. My prayers and condolences to his family.
Kevin - Wildomar CA June 29, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Jeanne, I like your post. God, take his soul up to you.
Cookie mom July 02, 2012 at 04:42 AM
My heart and prayers go out to the family r.i.p lord please lift this family up in prayer to the family be proud of ur boy he did a great job here on earth im so sorry for this tragic and for ur son death god has called him home
Grisel N. Lorente July 03, 2012 at 08:23 AM
"...And once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been, and there you long to return..." - Leonardo da Vinci I love and never will forget you Jon! I promise to watch over your sister. TE Amo pibe!
Barbara Eisenzopf July 05, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I am reaching out again to Jonathan's family and also to his skydive family. I truly know first hand the horrible sadness and trauma that you are experiencing this very day and will continue to feel. My 30 year old son, Jason Eisenzopf, died suddenly this past March 30th in a hard skydive landing at Skydive Sebastian in Florida. Jason was an instructor at Skydive New England in Maine and in Florida. His skydive family has adopted me and his sister as part of their community which is a warm, loving act on their part. I wish it could be different for you and that Jonathan could still be here just as I wish my son could still be here too. I know that we will all find some comfort in knowing that they both died doing what they loved, but it doesn't take away the heartache and the huge void that now takes their places. I guess all I can say is that you are not alone. I, and I am sure others, know your suffering and because I really do know, my intense urge to send my thoughts and my heartfelt love to you, his family, and you, his skydive family is uppermost in my mind this day. Please, please know that I am thinking of you and your son. Who knows......maybe somewhere, they fly free together now. Jason's mother, Barbara


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