For the uninitiated, skydiving can be scary enough: leaping out of a plane, free-falling at 120 miles per hour, keeping your presence of mind as you pull the cord on your parachute.
But, what if seizure strikes at more than 9,000 feet above the earth? Can you even imagine that?
That’s what happened to Christopher Jones, a 22-year-old man of Perth, Australia, who survived a seizure during a skydive from 12,000 feet. He lost consciousness at about 9,000 feet and was obviously unable to pull open his chute.
Jones wrote in the post that the jump, which took place in November, was possibly the scariest moment of his life.
Thankfully my jumpmaster manages to pull my ripcord at around 4,000 feet. I become conscious at 3,000 feet and land safely back to the ground.”
Jones spent about 30 seconds in unconscious free fall before his hero instructor, Sheldon McFarlane managed to maneuver his fall toward Jones, grab him and pull his chute.
As McFarlane, an instructor in WA Skydiving Academy, told the public that Jones was “very grateful.” (no kidding!), adding that “It was fine. We don’t do it all day everyday, but part of our training is to look after students.”
McFarlane said that had he not reached Jones in time it’s likely an automatic launch device in Jones’ get-up would have eventually pulled the rip cord. Fortunately, the reliability of that trigger wasn’t put to the test.