WUFT News

Video: North Florida skydivers take 120-mile-per-hour plunge

By on May 10th, 2013

The sound of wind rushing around you.

Falling at 120 miles per hour.

Praying the parachute will open.

But what happens if it doesn’t?

First-time skydiver Brittany Higgins was surprised by her dad when they showed up to Skydive Palatka for her birthday. She said she kept asking herself why she wanted to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.

Australian resident Alan Parker and Linda O’Birdy from Jacksonville decided they were going to cross off one of the most exhilarating items on their bucket list together.

Art Shaffer, owner of Skydive Palatka, said all of his jumps are memorable, but some stand out more than others.

James Gary Hancock, a tandem instructor, said he doesn’t focus on the risks of skydiving, he just likes to enjoy it.

Shaffer added the issue of parachutes not opening has been around forever, but there are other things to worry about.

Shaffer said there’s something about skydiving that makes people keep coming back for more.

Shaffer said he has done about 14,000 jumps and doesn’t see himself stopping anytime soon.

Hancock added the parachutes these days are more reliable. He advises not to do low turns and check your equipment before every jump to ensure a safe trip back down to earth.

Jensen Werley wrote this story online.


This entry was posted in Local and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

woodfeature

Sawmill Fire Contained By Firefighters, Debris Still Smoldering

Firefighters have worked to contain a fire at a Worthington Springs sawmill. The fire that was reported Wednesday morning at J.L. Wood Gator Reman sawmill continues to smolder as sawmill workers try clearing the debris.


Retired Marine Cary Hill, unit commander of the Milton Lewis Young Marines, said "Freedom isn't free" during Memorial Day ceremonies at Forest Meadows Cemetery in Gainesville, Fla. Monday, May, 26, 2015.

Young Marines Honor Veterans On Memorial Day

Milton Lewis Young Marines honor veterans during Memorial Day ceremonies at Forest Meadows Cemetery in Gainesville. Mayor Ed Braddy and Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell were among the group that dedicated their speeches to veterans.


Roller Derby

Rolling to Recovery: Tattooed and Bruised

Camille Loose is a 30-year-old recovering methadone addict who may be better known to some by her roller derby name, Jane Dough. Loose turned to the sport to help overcome her past issues.


Park visitors enjoy a day in the crystal clear waters at Ichetucknee Springs State Park. Guests can enjoy tubing from the north entrance beginning Memorial Day Weekend.

Ichetucknee Springs Reopens Entrance for Memorial Day

Ichetucknee Springs is reopening the northern entrance of the park for Memorial Day weekend. 4,000 are expected to be in attendance during the three-day weekend.


Deputy County Manager Betty Baker speaks to the Gainesville City Commission on the need for regulations at the homeless camp Dignity Village. Thursday, commissioners approved to spend up to $50,000 to secure an emergency contract with a non-profit provider.

City Commission Grants Gainesville Management Of Dignity Village

Gainesville City Commission passes a motion for the management of Dignity Village. The motion begins the process of addressing safety issues and concerns regarding the logistics of the community.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments