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12-22-06, 03:19 PM #1
Time to buy a lotto ticket;
or maybe his luck is all used up.
Bush saves skydiver in free-fall
Report: Instructor videotaped 15,000-foot plunge after chute fails to open
Updated: 11:55 a.m. ET Dec 21, 2006
A skydiving instructor in New Zealand escaped death by landing in a blackberry bush after his parachute failed during a 15,000-foot free-fall last week, according to reports.
Michael Holmes, 25, of Britain spun out of control when his main parachute apparently became tangled.
“When the second parachute didn’t open, I realized it was all over,” he told The Times of London from his hospital bed. “I was going to die. You don’t have much time to say goodbye.”
“The next thing I saw were friends, firemen, ambulances and police dogs,” he added.
Holmes survived the fall by landing in shrubbery less than 300 feet from a parking lot near Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand, suffering a punctured lung and a broken ankle.
Holmes, who was wearing a helmet-mounted video camera, was taping a group of 10 people from Taupo Tandem Skydiving when the mishap occurred, according to The Age, an Australian news Web site.
The entire plunge, including the landing, was captured on videotape.
John Siddles, a witness, told London’s Daily Telegraph: “One of the skydivers coming down was going round and round, and he looked like he was all tangled up or something.”
The Daily Telegraph quoted the manager of the skydiving center, Hamish Funnell, as saying that Holmes was in good spirits at the hospital, “cracking jokes and hassling the nurses.”
Police and the New Zealand Parachute Industry Association are investigating the incident.
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and all the money in the world.
And no you can't have any.
12-22-06, 03:44 PM #2
12-22-06, 09:56 PM #3You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Rhino again."I'm not a coward,
I've just never been tested
I'd like to think that if I was,
I would pass"
~Mighty Mighty Bosstones~
12-23-06, 01:11 AM #4
Must've had at least a streamer?"To the German commander: 'Nuts!' The American Commander" - General Tony McAuliffe, 101st Airborne Division
12-23-06, 08:22 AM #5
Maybe they should get some of these bushes attached to patrol cars!the sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.
( Baltasar Gracian )
12-23-06, 10:58 AM #6
At least he could blame any "stains" on the berries!Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.
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or otherwise distort statements of fact.FBI Special Agent Coleen Rowley
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