Toogoolawah: Skydiver fighting for life after crashing into pole in Queensland

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The 29-year-old was attempting a routine solo jump as part of a training course on Sunday when it went wrong. File photo.
The 29-year-old was attempting a routine solo jump as part of a training course on Sunday when it went wrong. File photo. Credit: yotrakbutda - stock.adobe.com

A man is fighting for life in a Brisbane hospital after his skydive went horribly wrong.

The 29-year-old was attempting a routine solo jump as part of a training course on Sunday when he crashed into a pole upon landing at Toogoolawah, about 120km northwest of Brisbane, at 3.45pm.

He sustained head and chest injuries and was taken by rescue helicopter to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a critical condition.

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Ben Nordkamp from Skydive Ramblers, who was there when the tragedy unfolded, has told reporters that it was too early to determine the cause of the incident.

“But we know that while the parachute opened and functioned normally, the man hit a post during his descent and sustained multiple serious injuries,” he said.

“At Ramblers, we do everything we can to make it as safe as possible for our students. This is a distressing time for everyone involved.

“We are also incredibly grateful to the first responders and emergency services personnel who provided first aid care and arranged for his helicopter flight to the Royal Brisbane Hospital late on Sunday.”

The incident is being investigated by the Australian Parachute Federation.

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