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“He was really excited this morning to be jumping again,” Catherine Bedell of Skydive San Diego said.

A skydiver died after possibly suffering a medical issue while in the air near Chula Vista, California.

This was reported by one of the local news outlets, CBS8, citing Cal Fire San Diego.

The 47-year-old old man took the skydive jump Sunday morning.

His parachute opened as expected, according to authorities and representatives for Skydive San Diego.

Catherine Bedell of Skydive San Diego said the man had just completed a five-hour training course.

Although the victim had 40 hours of skydiving experience under his belt, he was still treated like a new student.

According to the report, he had not skydived since 2002.

Something Was Off

Bedell said everything was going according to plan until the instructor noticed something was off midair.

“He was really excited this morning to be jumping again,” Bedell said.

The 47-year-old performed his maneuvers to a tee said his supervisor.

He managed to locate the handle to pull the parachute with complete altitude awareness.

But at some point, his instructor went ahead and landed waiting for his student, said the report.

The skydiver deployed his own parachute.

However, the instructor noticed he drifted off course away from the landing area.

Skydive San Diego crews rushed then to help find the skydiver. 

Search And Retrieval

Unfortunately, the day went from a fun activity to a distressful situation, as it became a search and retrieval case.

A San Diego County Sheriff helicopter located him at about 11 a.m PST.

This is according to Deputy Fire Chief Harry Muns of the Chula Vista Fire Department.

Cal Fire crews responded to the scene on Otay Lakes Road northwest of the Skydive San Diego Glider Port.

The sheriffs and the Chula Vista Fire Department also responded to the scene.

Officials said the man was in “CPR status” when they arrived.

Rescuers pronounced the 47-year-old skydiver dead at 11:40 a.m PST.

San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office was also called into the scene.

Authorities said they are investigating what medical emergency the skydiver had while in midair.

The report withheld the name of the victim.



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  • Carolyn Anne Goldman
    July 27, 2020, 5:48 pm

    Good grief……who wrote this report and did no-one else proofread it? Shocking;y poorly written

    • Demeli Torres-Herrera@Carolyn Anne Goldman
      July 29, 2020, 3:18 pm

      Your feedback was acknowledged, the mistakes have been corrected. The writers and editors are listed at the bottom of each article. Thank you for reading.


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