Skip to comments.Skydiver's 15,000-foot plunge to earth an amazing survival story
Posted on 07/16/2011 5:25:17 PM PDT by nuconvert
A skydiver's worst fear is having the parachute fail to properly deploy, and if this occurs at 15,000 feet, death would seem certain. But Michael Holmes is living proof that humans are remarkably resilient, and that blind luck -- or miracles -- sometimes come into play. Holmes, whose frightening plunge was captured on video (see below), landed in dense vegetation and not only survived with only moderate injuries, he continues to skydive
Holmes' amazing ordeal, which occurred five years ago in New Zealand, will be featured Sunday night at 10 and 10:30 (Eastern and Pacific) in the National Geographic series, "The Indestructibles,"which showcases miraculous survival stories. The network has combined video from Holmes' helmet-cam and that of fellow skydiver Jonathan King, who watched helplessly as his friend spiraled toward earth, his chute only partially deployed, from nearly three miles high.
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All skydivers plunge to earth. Their success seems dependent on their speed upon reaching the ground.
I heard a gay guy say that once but I quit listening after that.
Reminds of the the story about a skydiver in a similar situation. As he fell to earth he encountered another guy flying up from the ground. He said: “Do you know anything about parachutes?”
The other fellow replied: “No. Do you know anything about gas grills?”
15000 feet is a feat worthy of praise just for the fact that he maintained his coherency unless of course he toted a portable oxygen bottle.
Aw, hell....I did the same thing......from TWENTYFIVEETHOUSAND feet, with a chute.....yeah....
that wasn’t even PARTIALLY OPEN,,,yeah, that’s the ticket.... signed, Tommy Flanagan .
Actually I;ve seen the trailers for this show on Nat Geo channel and was planning to watch it. Some of what they showed was so extreme it almost looked like computer graphics.
Probably a line over partial malfunction resulting in uncontrollable spin. Betted than a streamer aka a screamer but still a hard stop. Blue skies from crghill B17580
It’s not the fall that kills you—it’s the sudden stop.
Let me say this again; They don’t make an airplane big enough to hold all the people it would take to throw me out.
Then sell it to National Geographic.
Gonna have a bad case of the RiceKrispies every morning, dang
snap, crackle, pop
didn’t have time to say much more.
Oxygen is required at 15000’ but not at 14999’...I’ve been to 17000 w/o oxygen with 40 others in a DC3. It was a slow forming location as everyone was a little logy for the first half minute of a 90 sec freefall.
Facing sure splat and he yells
Instead of screaming like a weenie
I love this guy!!!!
Whoever he is...
I believe you are correct, sir. gorush D7166
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