Parachutists Review Footage of Acampo Skydiving Mishap

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Skydiver Keith Wyatt packs a parachute.


For master parachute rigger Keith Wyatt, the video of a skydiver slamming into the ground, and surviving, Sunday in Acampo hits hit straight in the gut.

“Yeah, I cringed a little bit,” Wyatt told FOX40 Monday. “Because as a skydiver, you never like to see a skydiver get hurt.”

The skydiver injured Sunday is said to have more than 700 jumps under his belt. He’s seen in video taken that day get tangled up in the middle of a stunt, his parachute faltering in the sky, before landing with a thud in an Acampo vineyard.

“It’s no fun seeing an incident like that, knowing what could have happened,” Wyatt said.

The man is expected to make a full recovery.

Sunday’s fall is the latest incident at Parachute Center in Acampo, home to a series of mishaps like the Oakdale grandmother who nearly fell out of her harness, and other fatal accidents in the past few years.

Wyatt thinks the skydiver may not have had time or air space to deploy her reserve chute before his crash landing.

“There’s a point where it doesn’t do you any good to attempt to deploy your reserve, because there’s not enough time or altitude for the reserve to inflate,” Wyatt said.

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