View Full Version : “Oh, [expletive]! I'm dead. Bye,”

02-12-2007, 02:33 PM
I think I shat my pants even reading about it.

Skydiving miracle: Man falls two miles (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17113222/)
Expert jumper Michael Holmes survived a parachute malfunction

Updated: 1 hour, 14 minutes ago

Spinning violently out of control as he fell toward Earth and an almost-certain death at hundreds of miles per hour, skydiver Michael Holmes had a split second to consider his demise when his parachute and a reserve failed high above New Zealand in December.

“Oh, [expletive]! I'm dead. Bye,” said Holmes, who landed in a bush and lived to tell about it in an exclusive interview on TODAY on Monday.

Holmes' harrowing escape from death, desperate farewell, wave goodbye and hard landing in a blackberry bush were captured by the helmet-mounted cameras he and fellow skydiving instructor Jonathan King donned Dec. 13 before jumping from a plane at 14,000 feet — more than two miles up.

An expert skydiver and canopy parachutist, Holmes, 24, said he was concerned but did not panic when his main chute failed about 4,000 feet above the ground. He knew the primary chute had deployed, but could not see that it had become entangled with the backpack that housed the chute and a reserve.

Falling back on his extensive experience and training, Holmes ignored his out-of-control spinning — 84 revolutions in all — and worked to free the main chute to clear way for the reserve to open. Time was running out, and Holmes knew it.

“It was when I pulled the chute cable to release the reserve parachute that I thought, ‘This is bad,’ ” Holmes recalled. “Looking back on it, I'm amazed I didn't pass out. I almost passed out.”

Sinking feeling
As King watched in horror from above, Holmes made a last desperate attempt to avert tragedy just 1,000 feet up. The reserve chute could slow the descent, but he knew it was too late to avoid a hard landing and likely death.

“I'm thinking, ‘I've got to get this parachute that's still attached to me off,’ ” Holmes said. “[The reserve's] either going to make things worse, or there's a very slight chance it's going to make it better.”

Holmes cut away the main chute, and pulled the cord for the reserve chute. When that didn't work, there was nothing left for Holmes to do but think of something to say into the helmet camera. “I thought, ‘Oh, I've got a camera on my head. Say something,’ ” Holmes recalled.

In hindsight, Holmes realizes that “I'm dead. Bye” didn't really cover everything the British citizen wanted to say to his family and friends. King told TODAY's Matt Lauer that he, too, thought Holmes was a goner.

“The first feeling was it's not good. You get the kind of sinking feeling in your stomach when something's bad,” King said. “From where I was up in the sky, I actually heard him hit the ground, which was strange because there was a lot of noise. I really expected him to be dead, or very close to it.”

Holmes' camera captured his desperate attempts to get his chutes to work, his farewell to the camera and his fast, hard landing into a blackberry bush in a conservation area near a New Zealand lake. A short time later, King's camera captured a moaning Holmes laying in the bush in the fetal position.

He suffered a collapsed lung and broken ankle that may require further surgery, but plans to jump again. He called the incident a “freak accident” that has changed the way he looks it life.

“I will certainly jump. It's what I do. I love it,” Holmes said.

02-12-2007, 02:38 PM
i thought your wife read your post and this was the end of the line for you

02-12-2007, 02:42 PM
I can't believe all that happened to him was a collapsed lung and a broken ankle. That's amazing.

El Jefe
02-12-2007, 02:43 PM
Wow 2 miles is a deceant amount of time to look back on your life.

02-12-2007, 02:43 PM
Here I was worried about ya .......... sheesh.

02-12-2007, 02:44 PM
Guy was damn lucky ..........

02-12-2007, 02:44 PM
And that's why I don't skydive...

Easy 6
02-12-2007, 02:45 PM
Man, i'd love to see the video. Its weird how often you hear about somebody slamming into the ground & living, just doesnt seem possible.

02-12-2007, 02:46 PM
In related news....

9 out of 10 British wives pack their husband's parachutes....

02-12-2007, 02:46 PM
And that's why I don't skydive...

I dont skydive cause the places dont usually have the tank chutes to support my big ass. :shrug:

02-12-2007, 02:46 PM
We need to find the video.

02-12-2007, 02:47 PM
Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
h....................................CRAP!!! I'm allergic to Blackberries!! Dammit

02-12-2007, 02:47 PM
I fail to understand how surviving that is even physically possible.

02-12-2007, 02:48 PM
He got off easier than Peggy Hill.

go bo
02-12-2007, 02:48 PM
2 miles?

who is this?


02-12-2007, 02:49 PM
That's why you don't jump from a perfectly good airplane.

02-12-2007, 02:53 PM
where's the video?????

02-12-2007, 03:16 PM
http://video.yahoo.com/video/play?p=skydiving+miracle&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&b=0&oid=4785504fbb4dad12&rurl=www.dropzone.com&vdone=http%3A%2F%2Fvideo.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fvideo%3Fp%3Dskydiving%2Bmiracle%26toggle%3D1%26cop%3Dm ss%26ei%3DUTF-8

here's one that isn't as bad, but I guess we could imagine his velocity about doubled and hitting a bush instead of dirt, oh and probably not getting up to walk right after.....

02-12-2007, 03:18 PM
where's the video?????

Not having any luck,here's one though of the chute getting caught on the tail of the plane.

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02-12-2007, 03:22 PM
All the distance really does is give him a chance to shat himself. Thanks to terminal velocity, he may reach a speed of about 120-160 MPH depending on bodyweight. A trailing parachute will cut down on that greatly. That said, you can reach TV in just over 1200 feet, again depending on your posture. So, a fall from two miles shouldn't have any harder of a landing than a fall from 1500 feet. As for the blackberry bush? Think of it as an air bag or crumple zone.

We had a sky god burn in from 5000 feet back when I used to jump. He landed in a plowed field. Although he did end up dying, he lived for several days after the initial impact.

Hammock Parties
02-12-2007, 03:24 PM
That's very hitchhikers-esque.

02-12-2007, 03:25 PM
where's the video?????

The site this is from is NSFW

EDIT...Link has died

02-12-2007, 03:26 PM
Right about the time that I would bounce off the plane is about the time I would have launched the mud rocket in my pants.

02-12-2007, 03:30 PM
Wow, its hard to tell how fast he was falling from that video, Im sure if he had no chute at all he would have died on impact.

02-12-2007, 03:38 PM
wow, there was another video on that site too, halliburton truck driver, ass pucker factor in the high 90's.

02-12-2007, 03:45 PM
It didn't happen when I skydived, but I can think of at least 3 times that exact statement went through my mind.

02-12-2007, 03:48 PM
This thread aside... I'm going skydiving before I die.....

02-12-2007, 04:20 PM
maybe immediately before. :)

Adept Havelock
02-12-2007, 04:27 PM
Now that's a lucky, lucky, and very stupid man. (For wanting to jump again after an experience like that).

02-12-2007, 04:36 PM
This thread aside... I'm going skydiving before I die.....

I highly recommend it. Whether I do it again or not is a different matter but I loved it when I jumped last year.

02-12-2007, 05:36 PM
My brother was a Jump-Master in the Army, over 260 jumps..he had 2 complete chute failures..walked away from both..101st & 82nd Airborne. 1969-72 Vietnam Vet ....

02-12-2007, 05:52 PM
In looking for the video earlier(I know it's been posted)I came across some other on topic footgage that's just too good not to share.

Dude had to have balls of steel,check out the mountain jump about 2 1/2 minutes in.

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02-12-2007, 06:06 PM
Ya , uh no. I'm keeping my two feet firmly planted on the ground. Won't argue the guy had guts, but he ignored his second chance and it got him in the end.

02-13-2007, 08:58 AM

Here's the video. What a lucky dude. His friend was filming too.. Both videos are in this story.

02-13-2007, 09:03 AM
I saw this clip last night and i was speechless. I have never seen anything like it!!

Mr. Plow
02-13-2007, 09:16 AM
And that's why I don't skydive...


02-13-2007, 09:35 AM
Damn, I remember once just saying, "Oh, I'm dead" as my vehicle almost slid off the road down a steep hill on an interchange.

Mr. Plow
02-13-2007, 10:47 AM
Damn, I remember once just saying, "Oh, I'm dead" as my vehicle almost slid off the road down a steep hill on an interchange.

But did you have a camera strapped to your head?

02-13-2007, 10:53 AM
We need to find the video.

I saw it last night on this site:

liveleak.com (http://www.liveleak.com)

02-13-2007, 10:58 AM
But did you have a camera strapped to your head?
No, this was in 1990, before we strapped camera's to our head.

02-13-2007, 11:00 AM
I saw it last night on this site:

liveleak.com (http://www.liveleak.com)

looks like the video has been removed from that site...

Mr. Plow
02-13-2007, 02:53 PM
No, this was in 1990, before we strapped camera's to our head.

I've always had a camera strapped to my head. You know.....just in case. It was hell with the old VHS camera's.

Rain Man
02-13-2007, 03:02 PM
It would really stink if you fell two miles into a blackberry bush and survived, but it turned out that the blackberry bush was inside the cheetah enclosure of a zoo.

Hammock Parties
02-13-2007, 03:56 PM
It would really stink if you fell two miles into a blackberry bush and survived, but it turned out that the blackberry bush was inside the cheetah enclosure of a zoo.

Yeah but if you survived, imagine how hardcore you would be.

dirk digler
02-13-2007, 04:37 PM
Here is the video


02-13-2007, 09:40 PM
I saw a video of a chick skydiving once. Neither of her chutes opened at any point of time, so she was basically freefalling from the plane all the way to the ground. She didn't land in any bushes either, she fell face first on asphault. Not only did she live through the whole thing, she later found out she was preggers. The baby was totally fine.

I think she suffered a couple of broken bones in her face but that's about it. Shit like that makes you wonder...