Saturday, December 02, 2017

Skydiving Santa's Medical Bills

Unfortunately ... G's skydiving mission to assist Santa in delivering Kristoff (a young girl's elf on the shelf) and a bag of Spalding volleyballs to the Tampa Bay Beach Bums volleyball tourney supporting the "Operation Santa" toy drive in Gulfport yesterday was interrupted by a tree and light pole. 

After giving us a HUGE scare as he hit the tree and pole ... with concerns that far more damage could have been done ... we have good news that G is now out of surgery, in good spirits and recovering in the hospital with release expected Tuesday.  

It appears that only his leg was broken (both Tibia & Fibula ... one of the worst breaks ever seen by medical personnel onsite) but over time, he expects to make full recovery. 

Please help the Tampa Bay Beach Bums in raising funds to cover his out-of-pocket medical expenses (currently anticipated at $12,500).

G is a great guy and beloved Beach Bum Original.

Please help him out however you can this holiday season! Thank you so much!! 


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A male skydiver was injured this morning attempting to land on Gulfport Beach in the 5000 block of Beach Boulevard S during a “Winter Wonderland” event.

The incident occurred at approximately 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

The man, dressed in a Santa outfit, was attempting to land at the Tampa Bay Beach Bums Volleyball Tournament.

Many spectators witnessed the incident at the event. Witnesses reported that while attempting to land on the beach, the skydiver struck a pine tree and light pole on his approach to the beach.  Two other skydivers landed safely.

The man in this 30’s was assisted by bystanders then treated by paramedics and transported by ambulance to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with non-life-threatening injuries.

The man did experience a significant leg injury.

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  1. This is the worst news I've had all day.

  2. Your faux sympathy speaks volumes of your ignorance.

  3. Maybe Santa should stay in the sleigh and leave the approach to Rudolph and the other reindeer?! Just saying.... :-)

  4. Hoping for a speedy recovery!