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Skydiver seriously injured after reserve chute fails

Published: 3:02PM Thursday August 16, 2012 Source: ONE News

  • Ambulance staff attend to a skydiver who sustained serious injuries when his parachute failed to open near Nelson. (Source: ONE News)
    Ambulance staff attend to a skydiver who sustained serious injuries when his parachute failed to open near Nelson. - Source: ONE News
  • A skydiver has caused indentations in the grass where he landed after his parachute failed to open. (Source: ONE News)
    A skydiver has caused indentations in the grass where he landed after his parachute failed to open. - Source: ONE News

A skydiver has been seriously injured in Nelson after his main and reserve chutes both failed to open this afternoon.

The man, 35, was airlifted to Nelson Hospital with multiple injuries, including to his back, after he landed heavily on the grass in the drop zone at the Motueka aerodrome around 2pm.

Police said the man's main parachute failed to open during the jump, causing him to "cut away". He then tried to deploy his reserve chute, but it did not work.

The man's descent was eventually slowed when the reserve chute opened automatically at 750 feet above ground.

He was treated by other jumpers and a doctor at the scene until an emergency helicopter and ambulance arrived.

The 11th annual Good Vibes skydiving festival is being held at the aerodrome.

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