A group skydiving excursion ended with a trip to the hospital for one Derby man after his parachute caught on a tree and collapsed near the end of his jump.
The man, 30, fell 25 feet and hit the ground, causing critical injuries to his head and extremities, Sedgwick County sheriff’s Sgt. Gary Hargus said.
He was transported by air to Wesley Medical Center for treatment. Hargus said the man was conscious and talking to authorities and Sedgwick County Emergency Medical Services staff after the fall.
The man was part of a group of four skydivers who planned to land on Cook Airfield near Derby early Saturday afternoon, Hargus said. All of their parachutes opened appropriately after they jumped at 1:50 p.m., but the man failed to turn into the wind and continued floating eastward past his fellow skydivers. His parachute snagged the top of a tree and deflated.
That’s when he fell, Hargus said.
Sheriff’s deputies, EMS and Sedgwick County firefighters responded shortly after 2 p.m. to the accident, reported in the 7000 block of South 143rd Street East, near 71st Street South.
The other three skydivers landed without incident, Hargus said.