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Update: St Kilda sky diving incident

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07 Jan 2015
Strong winds bring down sky divers in St Kilda


MFB can now confirm:

- Two pairs landed safely at the normal area.

- Five pairs caught by the wind 

- Three elected to land in waist to chest deep water close to shore as a safety precaution 

- One pair landed on the beach 

- Another pair landed in the grassed parked area and were taken to hospital for observation for a precautionary assessment as is standard company policy. 

The company is thankful that for the services attending. 


Incident details:

Fireboat 1, and a crew of marine firefighters, was called to the St Kilda Pier just after 3pm after strings winds brought down two sky divers.

MFB was then notified that there had been six other parachutes come out of the sky and immediately commenced a land and sea search for the other sky divers.  Each parachute had two people as they were tandem sky diving.

All other jumpers were quickly accounted for – the other skydivers had landed along the St Kilda foreshore or in the shallow water at the beach. The received varied injuries including bruising and abrasions from landing heavily.

In total 14 people were involved in the sky diving incident.

Ambulance Victoria has treated two people at the scene and transported two to hospital. All involved are reportedly very shaken by the experience.



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