Gerardo Flores can now call himself a survivor. The skydiver survived a 13,000-foot fall and caught the entire adventure on camera, according a Feb. 12 New York Daily News report.
According to the New York Daily Mail, a trained Monterey Bay School trained skydiver was a few seconds into his 30th free fall when his parachute opened unexpectedly. He described the harrowing e experience, saying, “It just exploded. It just yanked me to the side. Something went wrong. One hundred things go through your mind. You are never suppose to open above 6,000 feet."
After the parachute opened prematurely, Flores “passed out, falling to earth for 20 minutes before hitting the ground.” He was airlifted to hospital and fell into a two-week coma. Upon waking up, the FAA said to him, “you are the luckiest man I even met.” In addition to the coma, Flores suffered broken ribs and a lacerated tongue.
Skydive Monterey Bay told the station that Flores' gear was "in proper working order" and that "improper use by the jumper" caused of the accident, but after an investigation, the FAA found that a “critical Velcro closing flap on the equipment was completely worn,” with one of the inspectors advising, “these lines should have been replaced prior top allowing this parachute to be placed in service.”
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