British army parachutist survives fall without his parachute which failed to open during an air-show. He was caught in mid-air by a fellow parachutist from the army’s Red Devil parachute team as they performed during a display at Whitehaven Air Show in Cumbria.
The incident was a genuine parachute failure by a Red Devil team member; the first time in 25 years. The video shows the soldier with the broken parachute being held by fellow Red Devil parachutist with a working parachute. The couple landed safely after the working parachute was maneuvered away from land and into Whitehaven Marina by the soldier on top.
The entangled Red Devils were rescued from the waters after struggling all the way down into the marina. The soldiers of the British Army’s Parachute Regiment put on a stomach churning free-fall parachute display that had all spectators worried, as the two men struggled in a life and death situation over the skies of the Cumbrian coast.
The Metro reports:
Footage and pictures circulating on social media showed the soldier coming down attached to a team-mate with a working parachute before landing in the water.
A message was later posted on the show’s Facebook page, saying: “We can confirm that the Red Devil parachutists are both safe and sound. For the first time in 25 years they had a parachute fail.
‘One team member caught his team-mate and brought him into Queens Dock. Our safety procedures worked perfectly and a huge thank you to Whitehaven Marina for getting them out of the water so quickly.’
People at the air show, which also included the Red Arrows, praised the actions of the men on the Facebook page.
Sarah David wrote: ‘Glad to hear both are ok, was awful watching them struggling, especially when they veered off course – until we realised they were purposely targeting the biggest area of water for ditching in to.’
Melanie Ryden added: ‘We felt sick watching them tangled together and falling so fast. So relieved they landed in the water and were unhurt. Well done guys.’
The Red Devils formed in 1963 and carries out more than 60 displays every year, according to its website.
It currently comprises of 12 serving soldiers from the three battalions of the Parachute Regiment, all of whom have to have at least three years experience.
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