Skydiving is a scary sport. You’re in complete control of our own life, and that simple fact is enough to scare a lot of people.
If you open your parachute – and it properly deploys – there’s no problem at all. If you don’t pull that cord though, there is a problem, and it’s a problem that is probably going to take your life.
Now, that’s a pretty unnerving thought, but what’s worse than having total control of your own life? Having no control over it. And we’re not talking about a tandem skydive here, we’re talking about the possibility of falling unconscious while you’re half way through a jump.
If that thought doesn’t give you nightmares, you’re probably the kind of person who owns all the Saw films in one box set and once got banned from Ikea for following a family around while licking a giant kitchen knife.
The worst thing about it? It is actually possible. And it doesn’t happen all that rarely. Take this guy, known only as Christopher. Christopher jumped out of a plane solo at 12,000ft, and had a seizure at around 9000ft after attempting a left hand turn.
He spent 30 seconds unconscious, with no way of pulling his chord and saving his own life…
He then spent the next 30 seconds unconscious, with absolutely no idea what was going on, and no way to pull the parachute chord he was relying on to save his life.
Thankfully, he had an absolutely kickass parachute instructor, who managed to fly over and pull his ripcord at around 4000ft, allowing Chris to regain his consciousness and successfully land safely on the ground. No harm done.
Fair play to Christopher for his efforts here – the guy has done crazily well to land his chute safely after that, but he owes a whole lot of love to that instructor of his, who is rumoured to have the lead in The Avengers sequel coming out later this year.