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Frankie
02-02-2009, 01:20 PM
Soldier lands safely after skydive instructor dies

CHESTER, S.C. A Georgia-based soldier says his military training helped him land safely on his first skydiving jump after the instructor strapped to his back died from an apparent heart attack.

Daniel Pharr says he knew something was wrong when George Steele stopped answering his questions after their parachute deployed Saturday afternoon above South Carolina. They jumped from 13,500 feet.

Pharr says he didn't panic because of his Army training, and he knew from watching television to use the parachute toggles to steer.

The 25-year-old, stationed at Fort Gordon, Ga., says the nonmilitary jump was a Christmas gift from his girlfriend.

Pharr says he tried unsuccessfully to revive Steele with CPR when they landed.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090202/ap_on_re_us/skydiver_death

Buck
02-02-2009, 01:22 PM
Spooky

Sully
02-02-2009, 01:23 PM
Huh.
The fall really CAN kill you.

Who knew?

Pennywise
02-02-2009, 01:25 PM
Slip away!

EyePod
02-02-2009, 01:25 PM
That's crazy. Although the instructor's body would begin to stiffen, making it easier to use as some sort of gliding thing if the chute wouldn't open....

TrebMaxx
02-02-2009, 02:48 PM
I did a tandem jump for my 40th birthday (smart ass wife's idea). Something I am glad I did but will never do again, scared the bejesus out of me. The instructor pretty much did everything and I was still freaked out. I can't imagine if that would have happened to me on my jump. Hell, there probably would of been two heart attack victims when landing.

Fritz88
02-02-2009, 02:50 PM
That's crazy. Although the instructor's body would begin to stiffen, making it easier to use as some sort of gliding thing if the chute wouldn't open....

spookier

Rain Man
02-02-2009, 03:03 PM
That's a situation you don't want to be in.

StcChief
02-02-2009, 03:10 PM
I don't see a good reason to jump from a perfectly good airplane.

blueballs
02-02-2009, 03:55 PM
I'm not getting the lemons to lemonade connection

KC-TBB
02-02-2009, 04:26 PM
can you turn sh_t into shinola?