Thursday, March 22, 2018

High wind speed causes skydivers to land off course in Palatka, Putnam County, Florida

PALATKA, Fla. - Two members of the Canadian special forces were thrown off course during skydive training over Palatka on Wednesday.

Police said one of the two men landed on the football field at Beasley Middle School and the other by the Home Depot.

“I just heard a loud thump and looked out the window and [saw] the guy laying on the ground,” said Tony McClain, who witnessed the aftermath of the off-course dive.

McClain said he was getting his kids ready for daycare when he saw first responders arrive on the scene.

One diver suffered a minor ankle injury, while the other was unscathed.

“With the information we had when we took off we made our best guess scenario, it didn’t work out which sometimes it doesn’t,” said Art Shaffer, owner of Skydive Palatka.

Schaffer said the wind speed was predicted at about 20 miles per hour but was actually between 40 and 50 miles per hour right before they jumped.

The national weather service though was forecasting winds of 35 miles per hour or more at 1000 feet.

“Everybody learned from it, everybody because of good training is walking still today,” said Shaffer.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.firstcoastnews.com

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