Woman injured in skydiving mishap in Maine

The Associated Press
Posted Sept. 18, 2009, at 4:58 p.m.

LEBANON, Maine — Officials say a New Hampshire woman celebrating her birthday by skydiving was injured when a shift in wind collapsed the parachute, sending her and her tandem partner plummeting 30 feet to the ground.

Assistant Rescue Chief Jason A. Cole said in a statement that everything was fine until the last 30 feet. He says the hard landing hurt the woman, who’s from Newfields, N.H. Her injuries were not thought to be life threatening. Her name was not released.

A skydiving instructor who was joined with the woman on the tandem jump suffered minor injuries.

The Portland Press Herald says participants typically jump from between 10,000 and 12,500 feet.

Rescue officials say the company conducts more than 25,000 sky dives a year and there are only a handful of accidents, most with minor injuries.

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