A viral skydiving video shows a skydiver named Christopher Jones suffering an epileptic seizure in the middle of the 12,000-foot drop. Instructor Sheldon McFarlane, who was wearing a helmet camera, managed to catch the free-falling man at 4,000 feet and pull the rip cord, apparently saving the man’s life. But it turns out McFarlane wasn’t too concerned that Jones would survive the skydiving seizure, helping hand or not.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, the 22-year-old Christopher Jones says he had not suffered from an epileptic seizure in four years, and since he had all the documentation and had been to his doctor, he believed the medical condition was under control.
“I’ve always wanted to have the feeling of flight, so I just thought, considering I can’t fly a plane due to my condition, I thought I’d give it a go,” Jones said.
Over on YouTube, the extreme sportsman described the skydiving seizure in this manner.
“Possibly the scariest moment of my life. On the 14th of November 2014 while doing stage five of my Accelerated Free Fall program I have a near death experience. At around 9000ft I have a seizure while attempting a left hand turn. I then spend the next 30 seconds in free fall unconscious. Thankfully my jumpmaster manages to pull my ripcord at around 4000ft. I become conscious at 3000 ft and land safely back to the ground.”
Free-falling at 120 miles per hour would probably sound terrifying to practically everyone, but instructor McFarlane says he was not too concerned because Jones was packing two AADs, which stands for automatic activation devices. Even if McFarlane had not been capable of reaching Jones in time, it’s not believed he was in any danger of making a hole in the dirt.
“At no time was I worried he was going to hit the ground without a parachute, but given the circumstances and where we were I thought it would be better to get him under parachute earlier than later,” McFarlane said according to Fox 13. “I managed to catch him on my second attempt and deploy his parachute.”
Christopher Jones says he underwent the skydiving experience as a substitute for his dream of becoming a pilot. At this point in his life, he is certainly not going to be pursuing a skydiving career, although he is already famous as a skydiver since his skydiving seizure video has already garnered almost eight million views as of this publishing.