ZEPHYRHILLS, FL (WFLA) - A Tampa man died in a skydiving accident at Skydive City Saturday.
Skydive City officials said Keith Murray, 50, was performing a team practice jump with three other team members and a videographer at the time of the accident.
He deployed his parachute normally and his flight down was uneventful until the landing.
Skydive City officials say it appeared Murray initiated a turn too low to the ground and crashed into a pond at a high rate of speed.
Several local skydivers, who are trained paramedics, performed CPR and first aid until Pasco County EMS paramedics arrived.
Murray was taken to Florida Medical Hospital in Zephyrhills, but he could not be revived.
Murray was a well-known local skydiver, Skydive City President David Hayes said in a statement. He started in the sport in 2009 and had accumulated about 900 jumps at Skydive City alone.
He was training to compete at the USPA National Championships of Skydiving in Illinois in September.
Skydive City does 75,000 skydives each year.
“Accidents do happen, but our safety record is good and the safety record of the industry as a whole continues to improve over time with better equipment, training, procedures, etc,” Hayes said.
The Zephyrhills Police Department is investigating the incident.