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Two Tourists Die Skydiving In Florida

Two Tourists Die Skydiving In Florida

Two tourists died while skydiving in Florida after a group jump went wrong.

The skydivers were from Iceland, one an instructor and another a student, and were taking part of a large group that jumped out of a plan in Zephryhills, a town about 30 miles northeast of Tampa.

There were 22 people involved in the skydive jump, but when the group counted only 20 jumpers when they reached the ground, authorities launched a search to find the missing two. Within a few hours they found that the two skydivers died in the crash.

The accident took place only a few months after the death of another European skydiver. Skydiver Mark van den Boogard was killed in the Netherlands when his parachute failed to open. The man’s body was found a few weeks later by a group of hunters.

The group van den Boogard jumped with seemed to justify their lack of safety regulations.

“We never check, there is no law, no regulations,” a representative from the skydiving club told the BBC News.

He added, “If you are forced to find out where everyone is, there can be a big drama for nothing. You can call all the emergency rescue teams and helicopters, then discover the person is sitting at home having tea with his granddad — that has happened before.”

Another skydiver was killed in the United States in January, this one with a connection to Florida as well. A Florida man was skydiving near Seattle when he failed to show up at the landing site. A search was launched, as it was believed his body was lost somewhere in the Cascade Mountains.

It wasn’t clear what safety measures were in place for the Florida skydiving deaths, or exactly how they occurred.

The identities of the skydivers who died in the Florida crash were not released.

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23 Responses to “Two Tourists Die Skydiving In Florida”

  1. Sandy Brandon

    I think your a retard for posting such a selfish and unfeeling post.

  2. Sandy Brandon

    Really a nothing story, it might not have been reported to your satisfaction but 2 people died you uncaring idiot.

  3. Ronan Casey

    I love how the a$$hole who wrote this article is just trying to start up problems..'Another skydiver was killed in the United States in January, this one with a connection to Florida as well. A Florida man was skydiving near Seattle.." Shut the F&%$ up.

  4. John Shea

    The story a bit confusing-count on ground 20 2 found in crash.. So did the plane crash with 2 skydivers on board? If that's the case headline should read "Plane crashes killing 2 skydivers on board"… If they didn't die jumping, it isn't a skydiving accident-it's a plane crash.

  5. Adam Markle

    Steph you sit on the couch all day, never take risks than wake one day and realize how boring your life is….

  6. Adam Markle

    Steph you sit on the couch all day, never take risks than wake one day and realize how boring your life is….

  7. Kevin Yang

    RIP to the two victims. But Adam, it's sometimes better to be boring than dying because of a broken parachute. Think about potentially how much longer you can live by being 'boring'… you will have more life time to achieve things. On the other hand, all the investment and so-called achievement in life go straight down the drain when your chute fails to save you. Is the risk of jumping out of a 'healthy plane' really worth it? Sure, it might be fun while it lasts… but is the country going to compliment you "WHAT A GOOD FU*KING JUMP YOU MADE THERE SON!" afterwards? Are you going to earn a medal of honour… it's not like you're jumping out while on duty at Air Force 1….Hence, don't criticize others life as boring when they choose to look at the bigger picture!

  8. Chad Jones

    Sure there are risk takers, but don't ask me to feel sorry for them when they die, because if you walk into the road blindfolded enough you will eventually get run over.

  9. Rachel Brown

    Im not a retard and this same day i jumped out of a perfectly good airplane! Im thankful that i made it out alive, if i havent i wouldnt want anyone to feel sorry for me chad. So none of you drive a car? ski? fly in a plane to go on vacations? no matter how big or small something is ITS ALL A RISK ASSHOLES!!! It is more common for a drunk driver killing you in a care accident then a chute not opening up. BY the way this was not a default in the chute. He wasnt able to get to it. If you have strong opinions like this its best to keep it to yourself!!! Dont you care about their families reading your heartless comments!!!!