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Kelowna man survives skydiving accident in Salmon Arm

October 30, 2017 - 12:54 PM

SALMON ARM – A Kelowna man almost died over the weekend in Salmon Arm when both his main and reserve parachutes failed to open properly.

Salmon Arm RCMP Staff Sgt. Scott West says in a media release the 39-year-old Kelowna man had packed his own chute and went skydiving in Salmon Arm on Sunday, Oct. 29.

“During the skydive the man's main chute had issues and was jettisoned,” West says the release. “Parts of the primary chute became entangled in the secondary chute.  As a result of the drag from the secondary chute the male was slowed somewhat before hitting the ground.”

West says the man was found conscious and responsive but was taken by Air Ambulance to Kelowna General Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Rick Scott with Skydive Salmon Arm says the man suffered a broken pelvis. He says the man had hundreds of previous jumps to his credit, and the accident is the second during the company's six years in business.

— With files from The Canadian Press

— This story was updated at 2:04 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30 with comments from Rick Scott at Skydive Salmon Arm


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