Parachuting Prangs Keep Rescuers on Their Toes

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A MIS-TIMED landing by a Brisbane skydiver with 8000 jumps under his belt was to blame for an accident at Ballina's Kingsford Smith Park mid-morning yesterday.

It was one of two separate skydiving accidents that kept emergency services on the coast busy.

Another skydiver came to grief when he misjudged his jump at Tyagarah Airstrip, landing in bushland and dislocating his left ankle.

The 39-year-old Brisbane jumper, who has competed in eight world skydiving competitions, was taken by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter to Lismore Base Hospital in a serious but stable condition with fractures to his left leg and pelvic injuries after misjudging his landing at the drop zone at the Bentinck St park.

He was in Ballina to jump with friends from GoSkydive.

Owner of the Ballina business, Joe Stein, said the skydiver was completing a solo jump from 8000 feet and there was nothing to indicate problems.

Despite the injuries, he downplayed the incident describing it as a minor skydiving mishap, but said a review would be made of video footage. …