Skydiver Survives 13,000-Ft Fall: An experienced skydiver in New Zealand plunged 13,000 feet, but not to his death; he survived the landing, reports The Telegraph.
The man developed steering problems with his primary parachute and so he ejected it, depending on his back-up shute to deploy. But it wouldn't and he plunged toward the ground over a festival.
The back-up shute finally opened automatically, but only at 750 feet up. The man hit the ground, bounced twice and rolled to a stop, festivalgoers said.
What happens when you hit the ground that fast? Internal chest and abdominal injuries, spinal compression and lumbar fractures, for starters, said one of the ambulance drivers who transported him to the hospital.
via The Telegraph