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    Quadriplegic man dies in Mont. skydiving accident

    Aug 1, 6:40 PM EDT

    Quadriplegic man dies in Mont. skydiving accident

    KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) -- A quadriplegic man with five years of skydiving experience died in a weekend skydiving accident in northwestern Montana, Flathead County officials said Monday.

    Sheriff Chuck Curry said Zack Fogle, 27, of Kingston, Wash., died Saturday afternoon when his parachute did not open during a jump at the 44th annual Lost Prairie Boogie, a 10-day skydiving event near Marion that typically draws hundreds of participants.

    Fogle had limited mobility in his extremities after being struck by a car in high school, but had a custom-built parachute with handles that were located where he could operate them with his hands, Undersheriff Jordan White said. Fogle had completed more than 125 jumps and had participated in the Lost Prairie Boogie before.

    The accident happened on Fogle's first jump at this year's event.
    "He jumped with someone who assisted him out of the airplane," White said.

    Fogle apparently was on his back while he was falling and was unable to get turned around and facing down so he could deploy his chute, White said. "It was more of a state of being out-of-control in his free fall," he said.


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    Senior Member jschism's Avatar
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    illinois, and no, chicago is not anywhere near where i live
    they have huge skydiving thing around here every year, there are deaths every year. that is the risk they take doing what they enjoy, so at least he had that.

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    He died with his boots on, doing what he loved best.

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    i'm sorry,but there's something wrong w/this story. emergency chute on chest, main on back. and usually, it's a tandem jump. my ex was jumpmaster at perris valley, ca.

    but my condolences to his family and friends. this is so sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soliloquy View Post
    He died with his boots on, doing what he loved best.
    I'm looking at it this way too. Sad, but quick.

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    I hope he didnt suffer .

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    A friend gave me this article today, thought I'd find it here. At least this man was taking part in life and not watching it roll by. He died doing what he liked.
    C2/3 quad since February 20, 1985.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soliloquy View Post
    He died with his boots on, doing what he loved best.
    Absolutely. If I die w/ a scuba tank on, nobody worry that I didn't make an informed choice when I went down.

    Life is risk, anyway. Some parts of living are just riskier than others.

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    Senior Member flying's Avatar
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    I'm glad he was up and about anyway. Something strange about the accident through?
    T12L1 Incomplete Still here This is the place to be 58 years old

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    a quad can easily be out-of-control during a solo jump. i'm surprised he didn't die sooner.

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