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Skydiver dies after parachute fails to open

Web report/Sydney
Filed on March 15, 2021
Photo (for illustrative purposes only): Reuters

The man was ‘very experienced’ and was performing a ‘high level’ jump.

A skydiver died on Monday after his parachute failed to open during a competition in Jurien Bay, Australia.

According to The West Australian, the incident happened at about 1.30pm local time, when the 30-year-old foreign national was doing a solo wingsuit jump during the Virtual Nationals Skydiving Competition.

The man’s parachute failed to deploy properly, although the reason is not clear and is currently under investigation by the Australian Parachute Federation.

First responders rushed to the scene but found that the man had died on impact.

“Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends,” the Skydive Jurien Bay spokeswoman said.

Jurien Bay in Perth, Australia is a popular tourist location for skydiving.

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