Sunday, September 23, 2012

Landing on his feet may have saved skydiver after mid-air collision: Dr Nick Foster from the Air Ambulance Service describes how his team helped two men who collided when skydiving

One man has died and another is in a serious condition after they collided while skydiving, the ambulance service said. 

 Emergency services went to Sibson, near Peterborough, shortly after 3.30pm on Saturday, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) said.

Despite EEAST and air ambulance crews working hard together to try to save one of the men's life, he was pronounced dead at the scene, a spokeswoman said.

Another man, in his late 20s, suffered serious spine and leg injuries and was flown to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, where he arrived in a serious but stable condition.

Cambridgeshire Police said that the man who died was in his early 50s. The other man is in his 20s.

 A skydiver has died and another is in a serious condition after a mid-air collision near Peterborough, it has emerged.

The 53-year-old from London crashed into another skydiver about 50 feet above the ground in Sibson, near Peterborough, collapsing both men's parachutes.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The other skydiver, a 28-year-old from France, was left with severe injuries and airlifted to hospital.

An air ambulance from emergency medical charity Magpas was sent to the scene, but paramedics were unable to save the more seriously injured man.

A spokeswoman for Magpas, which dispatched its Helimedix team with the air ambulance, said: "Sadly, despite all the best efforts of the Helimedix, including advanced level care and attempted resuscitation, a man was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time."

The second man suffered severe spinal and lower leg injuries and was sedated and anesthetized, before being flown to Addenbrooke's Hospital, where he was said to be in a stable condition.

The incident, which took place on Saturday afternoon, has been reported to the British Parachute Association

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