Skydiver cheats death twice after chute fails during 1,000ft fall

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London, August 16 (ANI): A skydiver cheated death twice after his parachute failed during a 1,000ft fall on Friday.

The 40-year-old man first crashed on to a slanted corrugated iron roof, which broke his fall, and then he rolled 50ft down the slope.

After that his canopy snagged on bolts, stopping him from plunging a further 50ft to the ground below

The man, whose name has not been revealed as yet, did not break a single bone.

His terrifying ordeal began as he filmed someone making their first ever tandem skydive over Tilstock Airfield in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

According to reports, he pulled his main parachute, which failed.

It is believed that his reserve chute also got twisted, sending him hurtling down at 30ft per second.

Struggling to keep control, the veteran jumper from Shrewsbury crashed on to the 100ft sloping roof of a disused grain store.

He is said to have suffered head, neck and back injuries.

"He is a very lucky guy. I've spoken to his father. He did not have any broken bones and his condition is not life threatening," the News of the World quoted Colin Fitzmaurice, who owns the jump HQ at the airfield, as saying on Saturday night.

Rescue services used an "aerial ladder platform" to reach the stricken jumper in Prees, Shrops, on Friday afternoon.

A spokesman said: "His parachute snagged on bolts pinning corrugated sheets on the roof. He was in a precarious position, he could have slid off and hurtled over the edge onto the hard standing below."

An air ambulance flew him to hospital in Stoke-on-Trent, where he is in intensive care.

The spokesman added: "He had three remarkable strokes of luck as he also managed to miss iron joists holding the roof together which would have caused serious injuries." (ANI)

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