Skydiver goes unconscious in midair; dramatic rescue footage

A harrowing video of a man having seizure while skydiving emerged Sunday on YouTube.

The video showed the Australian man, Christopher Jones, 22, jumping from the plane and beginning his free fall as is standard before deploying the parachute.

But things became frightening when Jones rolled over onto his back and
continued his descent helplessly, unable to pull his ripcord because
he was unconscious.

The plane was able to fly next to him when his heroic instructor Sheldon McFarlane, reached out and pulled Jones ripcord for him.

“I’ve always wanted to have the feeling of flight, so I just thought considering I can’t fly a plane due to my condition, I thought I’d give it a go,” Jones, whose dream to become a pilot was dashed when he was diagnosed with epilepsy, told ABC News Australia.

Jones described it as “possibly the scariest moment of my life.”

McFarlane told ABC that Jones parachute had a safety device that would have automatically launched a parachute once Jones hit a lower altitude.

“At no time was I worried he was going to hit the ground without a parachute, but given the circumstances and where we were I thought it would be better to get him under parachute earlier than later,” he said. “As far as difficult, yeah, it was OK. I got him.”

Jones recovered consciousness before landing and hit the ground safely.

Officials at the WA Skydiving Academy told ABC News Jones likely won’t be able to skydive again.


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