South Carolina man has died in a skydiving incident in Chester County, eighth official death involving Skydive Carolina
CHESTER COUNTY, South Carolina – A fatal skydiving accident occurred in Chester County, according to official confirmation.
According to the Chester County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred near the Chester-Catawba Regional Airport at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Skydive Carolina, according to officials, was the firm engaged in the tragedy.
Skydive Carolina stated in a press release that the fatality was a 35-year-old male who was ‘very experienced’ and had completed over 1,000 previous jumps.
According to the firm, the mishap occurred after the landing stage of the descent. It was also reported that the individual jumped alone and with his own parachuting equipment.
Skydive Carolina said that observers did not report anything out of the ordinary regarding the free-fall portion of the dive, but that the diver did not open the parachute properly for a safe and controlled landing.
Personnel from the company is collaborating with authorities to investigate the incident.
The following statement was included in Skydive Carolina’s press release:
“Skydiving is a sport with a strong sense of camaraderie and a close-knit community. Everyone is affected by the death of a community member, and we mourn the loss of a friend and fellow jumper. Our deepest condolences go out to the family of the jumper.”
The man’s identity has not yet been made public.
According to prior WBTV sources, Saturday’s fatality is at least the seventh involving Skydive Carolina over the past eleven years.
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