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    Tourist (Christopher Swales, 55) who died skydiving in Grand Canyon had holes in parachute

    https://nypost.com/2020/02/27/touris...-in-parachute/

    A British tourist who died while skydiving in the Grand Canyon had been given a parachute with holes in it, according to a report.

    Christopher Swales, 55, died last September during a tandem leap with an instructor that had been a 30th wedding anniversary gift from his wife, according to the Sun. His instructor survived with a broken leg.

    Police who checked the equipment found tears in the parachute as well as ?numerous? patches that had been sewn on, according to a report obtained by the UK paper.

    Pictures showed a series of holes ?circled with pen to track movement, or continuing tear, of the material,? the report said, according to the Sun.

    The fatal leap was also when winds were at 27 mph, which is 2 mph more than would have been permitted for a jump had Swales been home in the UK.

    Police closed the case without action, however, concluding the tragedy had been an accident.

    Paragon Skydive has blamed its military-trained instructor Matthew McGonagle, 34, for ?panicking? and turning too sharply when he missed the landing zone, according to the paper.

    ?All the equipment was functioning 100 percent correctly,? a spokesman told the Sun. ?It was maintained according to the regulations.?

    Swales? wife, Deborah, 53, who bought him the jump after they renewed their vows in Arizona, declined to comment on the report.


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    Rest in peace, Christopher Swales... His wife must be absolutely devastated.

    I have many friends who jump, just don't understand the attraction. We all have to go somehow, but I can assure you I'll never go like this. If you learn I died in a skydiving accident, know for a fact I was murdered and my dead body was pushed from an airplane with a parachute attached.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimTisha View Post
    Rest in peace, Christopher Swales... His wife must be absolutely devastated.

    I have many friends who jump, just don't understand the attraction. We all have to go somehow, but I can assure you I'll never go like this. If you learn I died in a skydiving accident, know for a fact I was murdered and my dead body was pushed from an airplane with a parachute attached.
    you and me both!

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    Twist: his wife planned this.


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    yes i said i will leave it under you storage he said cuddle with me i said shut up it over??? what am i doing wrong??

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    you and me both!
    Ditto for falling off a cliff at the Grand Canyon. I do NOT perch precipitously on guardrails to get perfect selfies. I do NOT walk around barriers for a better view. I do NOT dangle my feet over the edge. Nope, nope, nope.
    Last edited by KimTisha; 02-28-2020 at 02:40 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic B View Post
    Twist: his wife planned this.
    Did she have a lot of life insurance on him??? After all the stories we've seen on here, I am open minded.

    Quote Originally Posted by KimTisha View Post
    Ditto for following off a cliff at the Grand Canyon. I do NOT perch precipitously on guardrails to get perfect selfies. I do NOT walk around barriers for a better view. I do NOT dangle my feet over the edge. Nope, nope, nope.
    Twins. I don't mind flying, but I don't like heights otherwise. I am not going to jump out of a perfectly good airplane, or dangle myself off cliffs, buildings or anything of the sort. I will enjoy the view from a safe vantage point way back from the edge!

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    How did he die, but the instructor attached to him only broke his leg?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angiebla View Post
    How did he die, but the instructor attached to him only broke his leg?
    Maybe the way they landed? Instructor has more experience? Just a guess. I'm sure there will be all sorts of investigations into this if for nothing other than to assign civil liability. Anyone listen to the Coroner Talk podcast? I'd love to hear his take on how he'd approach this to determine manner of death.
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    I wonder if the dead guy literally broke his fall.

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    I hope his wife wasn't there to watch him jump. Nobody should have that last memory. They just renewed their vowels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimTisha View Post
    They just renewed their vowels.
    A E I O

    I LOVE YOU!!
    Don't like what I have to say? I respect that. Now go fuck yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevansvault View Post
    A E I O

    I LOVE YOU!!
    Hahaha! Not even going to correct my post. They both said "I" do, a clear exchange of vowels.
    Last edited by KimTisha; 02-29-2020 at 04:00 AM.
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