New was an experienced hang glider, according to his friend, Joshua Greenstein.
“It’s a shame, I don’t know all of the details of what happened, but he (New) was very safe and he was very educated (about hang gliding) and had all of the certifications,” Greenstein said.
On Saturday afternoon, Martin County Fire Rescue received a call around 1:30 PM requesting help with a “traumatic incident” near the Jensen Causeway. Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) officials described the incident as a tragic malfunction: “While launching the hang glider from the vessel, a malfunction occurred and the hang glider nose-dived into the water resulting in a fatality.”
If there was negligence on the part of the hang glider manufacturer, New’s family may have grounds to move forward with a civil Wrongful Death case.