> Someone told me that unless I deployed in a track, it would be near
> impossible to fall out. Most of the impact of opening shock is taken by
> the leg straps.
> Needless to say, I always double....triple check my leg and chest straps.
> (Metal, metal, metal)....sure would suck to fall out of your rig!
> Safe Blue Skies,
We had one for the record books at Ravenswood. There are others on this
group who saw it, or I wouldn't ask anyone to believe it. A new jumper,
about sixty years old, real nice, relaxed kind of guy, was making a
short delay. He tumbled off the step and opened into a mess. Those who
saw it (and I didn't, I'm afraid) couldn't understand what he was
doing. The canopy was in a slow turn, obviously on its own. He was too
far away for anyone to get a good look at. They rushed over and found
him with his face *all* messed up, including a broken nose. The wierd
thing is that he didn't seem to mind. He was laughing. Turned out he
had good reason to be happy. When he tumbled he got lines wrapped
around him. He had an open canopy, but had some lines under one leg.
This had the slider shoved into his head so he was in a crouch with his
face pressed into his chest. The details are a little fuzzy, even to
him. Anyway, he proceeded to clear the mess by rolling up tight and
pushing everything above his head. This included his chest strap. He
fell out of the harness and caught his foot on the leg strap. He was
*** upside down by the front of one foot. He was afraid to try and
reach up, and at the same time afraid the muscles in his foot would
give out. All this from about 2000' feet on down. He hit pretty much
face first, but it was a Manta, and no serious injuries. I don't blame
you for not believing this, but Mike Spurgeon can verify it. He was
there, as well as Max, Don Wise and several jumpers. It was a hell of a
thing. The guy was really good natured about it. He wasn't a couch
potato. He may have been getting on, but I'm sure some military
organization has a well guarded employee file on him.
The best part was when his wife got over to where they were. When she
heard what happened she said "did you think about me?"
His answer, no shit, was "Yeh, but I held on anyway".
Bob (truth is stranger than fiction) Church