Skydiver near-death drama as parachute opens early - next to helicopter blades

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Skydiver inches from death as parachute opens early - next to helicopter blades

This is the terrifying moment a skydiver's parachute opened too early - inches away from a deathly tangle with the helicopter blade

The dramatic footage shows how thrill-seeker James Dobb, 22, was preparing to exit the helicopter when his parachute got tangled in it.

James then desperately cuts away at his main parachute before jumping to the ground with only his reserve chute available.

But the drama wasn't over as others on board were left trying to haul the loose shoot in from inside the helicopter before it got sucked into the rotor blades.

Skydiver inches from death as parachute opens early - next to helicopter blades


After several frantic minutes, the chute was eventually pulled inside the helicopter, which was landed safely on the ground.

James, from Llandrindod Wells, Wales, revealed the equipment he used was rented and therefore he was unaware who packed it incorrectly.

His quick-thinking and bravery has earned him praise throughout the skydiving community.

He told Caters News: "Before kitting up I performed all the usual checks including a check on the pin.

"Upon exiting of the helicopter I felt what I thought was a tap on my shoulder but I now assume it was an effect of the risers receiving a tug.

"I turned round and heard 'what the hell?' at the same time as seeing my canopy - it took me a couple of seconds to realise what was happening and what I was actually seeing."

Skydiver inches from death as parachute opens early - next to helicopter blades

He added: "I sat there for a couple more seconds, trying to think what options existed, and then was told to just cut it away.

"After I actually cut away, I shouted 'I've got to go' and got confirmation in the form of 'just jump.'

"Watching the video back, I'm so thankful for the crew and their quick reactions and handling of the situation.

"Without them pulling the lines in initially, cutting-away with a reserve line attached probably wouldn't have been an option.

"Their speediness of also recognising that I had to get out and pulling in the canopy was brilliant."

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