Joel Callen

News

Mon, 22 Jun, 2015

Skydiver saves his teammate’s life when his parachute failed to open

Skydiver saves his teammate’s life when his parachute failed to open

When a skydiver’s parachute failed to open properly, his teammate’s quick thinking saved his life. In a display dive put on by the Red Devils, the British Army’s Parachute Regiment, Corporal Mike French’s parachute didn’t open correctly. Luckily, Corporal Wayne Shorthouse kept his cool, successfully grabbing his mate amid the tangled canopy, and bringing them both to a safe water landing.

Thousands of spectators were watching as the mid-air rescue unfolded during an intricate formation at the Whitehaven Air Show in Cumbria. Speaking after they were safely on firm ground, Cpl Shorthouse said he was, “just doing his job”. “When something like this happens, the training just kicks in. The time spent practising the drills pays off in situations like this. You instinctively know what to do.”

The British Army confirmed that it is the first time a parachute has failed in 25 years, and have launched a formal investigation.

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