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Honoring Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, Darwin Awards commemorate those who improve our gene pool--by removing themselves from it.

Paragliding vs. Parasailing
1999 Darwin Award Winner Confirmed True by Darwin

(16 July 1999, Utah) A paraglider from Riverton turned into a parasailor, and dropped into the Murdoch Canal near Lehi in Utah County on Monday evening. Craig's parachute filled with water, and he was unable to escape as he was dragged towards a siphon on the east side of the canal, sucked under the I-15 freeway, and eventually pinned against a grate 400 feet downstream. An employee found his body for the Provo Water Users Association. Who knew that one of the dangers of paragliding is drowning?

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Submitted by: James Whited

Reference: Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah
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