July 18, 2019

Skydiver survives 1000m plunge after parachute failure

Zoe Sievwright in hospital contemplating her unexpected second chance at life.

A lady skydiver in the United Kingdom has survived with only a broken ankle after plunging over 1,000 metres to the ground following problems with her parachutes.

Zoe Sievwright, 29, was found in a boggy field alive and well following her solo dive.

Her first parachute failed to open properly and a reserve chute became tangled in the first, leaving Ms Sievwright to spiral to the earth in front of horrified onlookers.

“I was searching for toggles to pull but there weren’t any,” Ms Sievwright told the Daily Mail Newspaper.

“The next thing I looked at the ground and that was it.”

“I just thought that was it because there was nothing else I could do. I didn’t think I was going to make it – I thought I was dead. I braced for impact and I don’t really remember what happened after that. There was a bit of a shock but I didn’t black out.”

Skydive operators said the reserve chute was successfully deployed but that Ms Sievwright had failed to release the steering toggles and other equipment associated with the main chute, causing the tangle.

This is one lucky lady. Fantastic to have a boggy field on hand when she most needed it.