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Kamloops skydiving event marred by two crashes

Two skydiving accidents during an event on the weekend in Kamloops sent a young woman to hospital with serious injuries while a man walked away from his crash with bumps and bruises.
Image Credit: Kamloops Skydivers Sport and Parachute Club
May 17, 2015 - 12:02 PM

KAMLOOPS – Two skydiving accidents in Kamloops on the weekend sent a young woman from Victoria to hospital with serious injuries while a man walked away with bumps and bruises.

Kamloops Fire Rescue platoon captain Troy Grant says a woman free fell about 50 feet before hitting the ground at the airport around 1:15 p.m., Saturday, May 16, and was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

The manager of the Kamloops Skydivers Sport and Parachute Club says she remains in hospital Sunday in stable condition.

Dean Schryver describes her as an experienced skydiver who has made jumps all over Canada and the U.S. She was in Kamloops for the 48th annual Kamloops May Meet.

Schryver has been in contact with her family and says, “She will definitely make a full recovery.”

“She ended up making a turn low to the ground which resulted in a hard accident which resulted in serious injuries,” he says.

On Friday afternoon, a man also made a hard landing, hitting a house and a fence on the North Shore, according to Schryver.

“He had a perfectly good parachute but made some poor choices with his landing pattern and ended up crashing,” he says. “Just some bumps and bruises.”

Schryver says the club’s insurance will take care of any damage to the homeowner’s fence and house.

“People think skydiving is crazy, crazy but we often equate accidents to poor driving habits or poor driving skills,” he says. “If you make poor decisions behind the wheel you’re likely to get into an accident and that’s exactly what happened here this weekend.”

Skydivers understand the risks are part of the sport, he says, adding they consider themselves part of a small family who has a common bond and share an experience.

“The young lady is going to make a recovery and I fully expect her to be back in the sky.”

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