British skydiver survives 13,000ft fall after parachute fails to open
A British skydiver whose parachute failed to open miraculously survived the 13,000ft fall – after a muddy bog cushioned his fall.
Thrill-seeking father-of-two Liam Dunne, pictured here with a temporary tattoo of an angel on his face, broke his back after crashing into the waterlogged ground at a New Zealand festival.
His reserve parachute opened at the last moment during the horrifying descent in Moteuko, but it was too late to prevent him landing at great speed and suffering serious injury.
Mr Dunne, originally from St Annes, Lancashire, was treated at the scene by medics and taken to a specialist spinal unit in Christchurch where doctors have told him he should walk again.
He has made an astonishing recovery since the accident two weeks ago, after having surgery to insert metal pins into his shattered spine.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Mr Dunne said: ‘Those last 1,000 feet it was like “here we go, this is it”.
‘It wasn’t nice, but that said, it was a one in a million accident and a one in a million save.
‘Skydiving is an awesome sport, and I’ve done 4,000 jumps and never had a problem.’