Mon, Feb 02, 2009
Heart Attack Claims 49-Year-Old In Free-Fall
Authorities have not yet released the identities of two men
involved in a parachuting incident Saturday afternoon... a skydive
that turned out to be the first for one of the men, and the last
for the other.
The Rock Hill, SC Herald reports a first-time jumper and an
instructor from the Skydive Carolina Parachute Center were
performing a tandem jump, the company's most popular program. In a
tandem jump, an instructor and student are harnessed together to a
single parachute -- increasing confidence and safety, and
About a minute into Saturday's jump, the 49-year-old instructor
suffered an apparent heart attack.
Fortunately, new skydivers at Skydive Carolina Parachute Center
take a 30-minute safety course prior to their first dive, and the
student was able to land the parachute with the incapacitated
instructor safely. However, after they reached the ground, the
student's efforts to revive him using CPR were unsuccessful.
Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said there was no chance of
survival from the heart attack because too much time had elapsed
during the descent to earth before aid could be given.
Skydive Carolina Parachute Center opened in July of 1986 and is
based at the Chester Catawba Airport (DCM) near Chester, SC. Its
fleet includes a Twin Otter, a CASA 212 and a vintage Cessna
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