Friday Freakout: Skydiver’s Low Turn + Broken Bones = Hard Lesson Learned

Posted by Andrew R.

Since “teach me to swoop, bro” isn’t a very helpful description, here are the firsthand details from the skydiver involved in this incident:

“I was trying to do a downwind swoop on the pond, but I was too low and couldn’t pull out of the turn. I ended up crashing into the ground and breaking my left femur and shattering my right ankle, both requiring surgery — they had to reconstruct my ankle.

I only had 212 jumps and shouldn’t have been trying to swoop the pond. Clearly I wasn’t ready yet, but I learned my lesson the hard way.

The good news is he’s still alive, recovered from surgery and jumping again.