TOUGH BREAK: The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter attends the scene on Saturday after an experienced skydiver landed badly,
TOUGH BREAK: The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter attends the scene on Saturday after an experienced skydiver landed badly,

Skydive ends with hideous injury

By HANNAH ROSS

LUCK did not fall the way of a 32-year-old parachutist who broke his leg while trying to execute a landing at Tyagarah Airfield on Saturday.

The man was making his descent at about 11am when things went horribly wrong.

As parachutists descend they keep turning so they are facing into the wind as they make contact with the ground.

This slows the speed at which they make their approach.

Despite being an experienced parachutist, the man was unable to make his final turn so that he was facing into the wind.

He made his landing travelling in the same direction as the 10 knot westerly that was blowing across the airfield on Saturday.

According to crew members of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, the man came in too fast, tripped on an elevated concrete path and fell heavily.

He suffered a compound fracture to his right femur and had to be airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital.

The man was conscious throughout his ordeal, despite the bone protruding through his skin.

It is believed he was trying out a new parachute when the accident occurred.

Saturday's incident follows the death of a Murwillumbah skydiver at Tyagarah in April this year.

Floyd Stuart Malcolm Thurston, 52, died on April 14 when both his parachutes failed to open after he had jumped from a plane at 14,000 feet.

Investigators put that accident down to human error. The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter transported the injured man to Lismore Base Hospital.



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