The skydiver was injured while taking a video of a different jumper. (File Photo)

Skydiver crashes in Saanichton field while shooting video

UPDATE: One man has been sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

A skydiver was sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Monday afternoon in Saanichton while shooting a video of a tandem jump for a local skydiving company.

Central Saanich Police received a call at 1:15 p.m after the skydiver crashed into a field at Woodwynn Farms, and although his chute was open, he made a hard landing after a apparent sudden wind shift when he neared the ground.

Capital City Skydiving owner Bob Verret says his employee, an experienced skydiver with more than 300 jumps, made a “severely hard landing” and injured his ankle. Paramedics were called, he said, and the man was taken to hospital, where he remained as of Tuesday morning.

Verret confirmed the skydiver was taking video of a tandem jump at the time. The process is, he said, for one skydiver to video the others. Then, when the tandem jumpers open their chute, the one taking the video descends further, opens their chute and gets to the ground before the others, in order to video the landing.

“This is unfortunate,” Verret said. “Everybody feels bad.”

Verret said the video of the jump is being looked at in an investigation of the incident. He said he’s informed the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association of the incident and will make recommendations to try to prevent it from happening again.

The police, too, are investigating, Verret confirmed. They have taken the skydiver’s chute to inspect the equipment to see if that was a factor, although Verret said the equipment was in good working order.

The 20 to 30-year-old male skydiver is said to be experienced with over 300 jumps already under his belt.

“He hit too hard,” Verret said. “We want to find out if there was a miscalculation of altitude … we’ll review the video and come up with a cause and make recommendations for preventative measures.”

This is the third parachuting incident so far this year, according to police, which may be more than last year. The last one involved a tandem jump that went wrong and sent two skydivers into trees, where they had to be rescued.

Police say there will be an investigation with WorkSafe BC and Transport Canada.

— with files from Steven Heywood, Peninsula News Review

Just Posted

Island Health, service providers meeting to talk about used needles in Victoria

Recent public needle-prick incidents prompt call to reduce number of needles found

Announcement for Sooke Road improvement expected this week

Premier promising ‘preliminary’ work, with more on the way

Dozens rally outside Premier’s office for sick Sooke boy

Six-year-old Landen Lanthier needs $19,000 a month to treat rare form of arthritis

Sooke’s Most Wanted

The following individuals are wanted by the Sooke RCMP as of Jan.… Continue reading

Victoria airport reaches nearly two million passengers in 2017

This year expected to see additional growth

Community rallies behind Sooke boy with rare condition

Dozens called on government to cover cost of drug for six-year-old Landen Alexa

VIDEO: B.C. Lions sign defensive back T.J. Lee to contract for upcoming season

The four-year veteran had a team-high four interceptions and 49 tackles last season with B.C.

How an immigrant to Canada helped Donald Trump prove his mental health

Test that cleared Trump was developed by doctor associated with McGill and Sherbrooke universities

Premier touches on multiple topics ahead of Asia trade trip

Housing and childcare are expected to be the focus of the BC NDP’s first budget in February.

Wanted by Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers for the week of Jan. 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

UPDATE: Friends mourn boy, 15, killed in Vancouver shooting

John Horgan: ‘No stone is to be left unturned until we find the perpetrator of this heinous crime’

LETTERS: More roads? More Cars? No thanks.

Climate change is real. Ecological destruction is real. Who out there who… Continue reading

LETTERS: Sooke roads not racetracks

What can we as a community do about the blatant law breakers… Continue reading

Vernon to host largest Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games in 2019

Games to be held Feb. 21-23, with more than 800 athletes expected to take part

Most Read