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Fatality - Motueka, NZ - 13 February 2006

 


highfly  (F 19377)

Feb 13, 2006, 3:47 PM
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A man has died while parachuting in Motueka, near Nelson, this morning, police say.

A St John Ambulance spokeswoman in Christchurch said the parachutist hit the roof of a house, then tumbled on to the ground.

The man was understood to be dead when paramedics arrived at the scene. His age and other details were unavailable.

The incident was first reported to St John at 9.57am, the spokeswoman said. Emergency calls then flooded in, indicating that a number of people had witnessed the fall, she said.

A doctor was sent with the Nelson emergency helicopter and an ambulance was despatched from Richmond.

The victim was a 69-year-old man. The Civil Aviation Authority and police are investigating the incident.


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jsaxton  (D 26818)

Feb 13, 2006, 4:15 PM
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 A fellow parachutist manually released the parachute of a 69-year-old man this morning, but was unable to prevent his death, police said

The parachutist descended in a slow spiral over Motueka, near Nelson, after his parachute was activated, clipping the roof of an industrial building before tumbling to the ground.

He was dead when paramedics arrived at the scene.

A St John Ambulance spokeswoman said the incident was first reported at 9.57am. Emergency calls then flooded in, indicating that a number of people had witnessed the fall, she said.

Police said the victim made a solo jump over Motueka just before 10am.

During the jump a second parachutist noticed that the man had become unresponsive and managed to release his parachute manually.

An initial investigation suggested the incident was not the result of equipment failure.

The man's death has been reported to the coroner.

Both the Civil Aviation Authority and the police are investigating.

- NZPA


TangBu  (C 102574)

Feb 13, 2006, 9:13 PM
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It was just on the news. According to the report it was his second solo jump, sounds like AFF. Police are quoted as saying he likely had a heart attack in mid-air. They said he had filled out a health questionnaire. The report wasn't sensationalised IMO.


tustinr  (D 610)

Feb 13, 2006, 11:57 PM
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Yes reported on the local news in NZ as above - ie unresponsive during freefall. Unfortunate incident. Investigations are pending.

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Travman  (E License)

Feb 14, 2006, 2:23 PM
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (UPI) -- A New Zealand skydiving instructor pulled the ripcord on his students parachute as they plummeted to earth after the student lost consciousness.

The Wellington Dominion Post reports the student was on his second jump when he became unresponsive 20 seconds into free fall Tuesday. He was pronounced dead after landing.

Police told the Post the 69-year-old man, who is believed to have been a military skydiver in the past, suffered a heart attack.

Skydive Abel Tasman instructor Stuart Beam said he, another instructor and the student jumped together at 13,000 feet, arms linked. Bean pulled the student`s ripcord when he noticed the man had become unresponsive.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International
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Skydiver was former British paratrooper
15/02/2006 10:44:05


It has been revealed the man who died during a skydiving incident at Motueka was a former British paratrooper.


It is thought 69-year-old William Patrick Alexander Sills suffered a medical problem during yesterday's parachute jump. An accompanying jump master manually released his canopy.


Acting Sergeant Rob Crawford of Motueka police says Mr Sills was from the UK but had been living in New Zealand for the past four years.


He says in his younger days, Mr Sills was a paratrooper, however was relatively new to free fall skydiving.
http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/...l1.asp?storyID=89735


highfly  (F 19377)

Feb 15, 2006, 12:03 PM
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Further update.

Parachute jump victim was ex-British paratrooper

15.02.06 1.00pm


A man who died while making a solo parachute jump over Motueka yesterday was a former British paratrooper.

Police said today that William Patrick Alexander Sills, 69, of Richmond, near Nelson, had been living in New Zealand for about four years.

Acting Sergeant Rob Crawford, of Motueka police, said Mr Sills was retired and had a partner in Richmond and other family in Wellington.

He had been a paratrooper in Britain, but was a newcomer to freefall skydiving.

Mr Sills is believed to have had a heart attack while making his second jump on a solo skydiving course with two instructors after exiting the parachutists' aircraft over Motueka Airport just before 10am yesterday.

Skydive Abel Tasman chief safety officer Stuart Bean had to activate Mr Sills' parachute when he appeared to get into difficulties and became unresponsive about halfway into the 45-second freefall from 3600m.

When Mr Sills' parachute opened, he failed to respond to instructions by radio on how to control the parachute flight under canopy and descended in a slow spiral before clipping the roof of an industrial building in King Edward St, Motueka, and crashing to the ground.

He was dead when emergency services arrived.

Mr Crawford said Mr Sills appeared fit and healthy, but was presumed to have had an ailment that would be confirmed at a post-mortem being done in Nelson today.

Mr Sills had parachuted with Skydive Abel Tasman about four days before yesterday's jump and found it "quite exciting", Mr Crawford said.

"I think he was that way inclined anyway, with his previous experiences," he said.

Mr Sills had found freefall skydiving was "completely different" to his earlier paratrooping experiences.

"I suppose (his death) is a little ironical, but it's a different game altogether, apparently," Mr Crawford said.

Police are preparing a report for the coroner and the Civil Aviation Authority is investigating.



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