Skydiver Falls To His Death After Parachute Didn’t Open Above Western Australiajessie tan
A skydiver has died after an apparent issue with his parachute opening during a dive over Western Australia.
The 30-year-old was falling from the sky at Jurien Bay, 220 kilometres north of Perth, yesterday (March 13) afternoon and everything was running smoothly.
He was taking part in a solo wingsuit jump during the Virtual Nationals Skydiving Competition.
As he reached a certain altitude, it is reported his parachute didn’t open as planned.
Sadly, his chute didn’t deploy in time and he died on impact.
Dandaragan Shire president Leslee Holmes said the tragedy had devastated the coastal town.
“The (man) who unfortunately who lost his life was a veteran of skydiving, 6,000 jumps,” she said. “The first responders, and the (people) who had to witness this, it must be absolutely chilling.
“For the town of Jurien Bay and the Shire of Dandaragan, this is our premium business, we attract so many people to the town.”
She added the victim was a foreign national who was using his own equipment.
The incident is now under investigation by the Australian Parachute Federation.
Western Australia Police will prepare a report for the coroner.
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