Talk swerving the Grim Reaper with skydiving!
A woman in Canada has survived a fall of nearly a mile after her parachute failed to open while skydiving.
The incident happened on 10 August at a skydiving center in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.
Witness Denis Demers told Radio-Canada he saw the skydiving woman falling: “It’s a miracle. I don’t know how a person can survive a fall from an airplane like that.”
He said it appeared that neither the main parachute nor the emergency back-up had opened.
She hit a clump of trees, breaking her fall, and escaped with only fractured bones, including broken vertebrae.
According to Scienceabc.com, a skydiver without a parachute will fall at a typical speed of 120mph – or 60 meters (196ft) a second.
Local police told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that the woman was experienced with skydiving that her life is not in danger. They then took her to a hospital with several fractures, including broken vertebrae.
Another witness, Oceane Duplessis, tells CBC she was getting ready to get on another plane when she saw the woman.
“We watched all the way to the end. [I] kept hoping something would happen,” she said. “We were very worried. Very.”
Police are investigating to see if there was any criminal negligence.
The company involved is investigating the cause of the incident and has so far not commented.
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