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A skydiver’s brush with death has been caught on video, showing his parachute failing to deploy properly and him tumbling 8,000 feet to the ground.
Craig Stapleton survived against the odds when he hit the surface at 30mph after a failed attempt at a stunt with another diver, according to ABC News.
The 51-year-old had hoped to perform a flag-release, which involved flying a flag between two free-fallers, but the trick went wrong and his parachute got stuck.
‘I felt like nothing was going right here. I knew I was going to die,’ he said.
‘I thought, “If I live through this, I’ll have months of rehab, hospitals … nothing fun again”.’
Mr Stapleton fell for three minutes as his horrified sky diving partner Katie Hanson watched on.
Even though his attempts to release his back-up chute failed, the daredevil managed to land in a vineyard on some grapes, which reduced the impact of the fall.
‘I completely lucked out,’ he said.
‘God watches out for idiots and puppy dogs, and he just let me live and walk away.’
Mr Stapleton escaped with just a dislocated shoulder and some bruising.
I guess its easy for us to say without us actually being involved in the jump Dont you think? Unless you're a skydiver yourself and are typing from experience
Originally posted by DaTroof
Uh, he had a chute open, it just wasn't THE parachute.Big deal. Survive the fall with NO chute, then I'll be amazed.