Another skydiver dies in horror plunge

A man is dead in the second skydiving accident to rock Victoria’s Surf Coast in the space of a year.

Sunday morning, 10.30am, emergency services were called at Connewarre Road Breamlea Road to assist a 34-year old skydiver who had fallen from the skies.

The man – who according to the Geelong Advertiser was attempting a wingsuit jump – died at the scene.

The second man, who also landed in the same area, was not hurt.

Police stated that the accident occurred after a group of people jumped from a plane in Torquay.

The deceased man – from Sydenham in Melbourne’s west – was an experienced skydiver.

“He’s an experienced skydiver that has skydived over 300 times,” Victoria Police Sergeant Fletcher Pearson told Nine News.

“He was being coached with another gentleman who landed in the paddock near him. He did not sustain any injuries.

“He’s known the other skydiver that he was diving with for over 10 years.

“We’ll be looking at the situation, all aspects of it, in relation to his gear, the skydiving area, the company.

“Hopefully within a short time we’ll have an answer why this occurred.”

Australian Skydive chief instructor Michael Tibbitts described the man as a “well liked member of our community”.

“Skydiving is a very tight knit community for a lot of reasons and so we’re very sad for our loss today,” he told Nine News.

“It’s a traumatic experience for everybody.

“Skydiving does have inherent risks. We do our best to manage those and mitigate those.”

The Australian Parachute Federation is investigating.

Arron Toepfer was killed in a tandem skydive last July. His parachute had malfunctioned.

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