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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 December 2006, 10:52 GMT
Skydiver survives two-mile fall
Michael Holmes
Michael Holmes has been parachuting for seven years
A Jersey skydiver has survived a fall of more than two miles after his parachutes failed while during a jump in New Zealand's North Island.

Michael Holmes' main parachute became tangled during the 12,000ft (2.2-mile) drop in Taupo on 12 December.

The tangle then caused problems for his reserve parachute. He suffered a punctured lung and broken ankle after landing in a blackberry bush.

Mr Holmes, 25, has been parachute jumping for seven years.

Rescuers cut path

He is recovering in Waikato Hospital after his fall, which saw him plunging towards the earth at more than 100mph (160km/h).

Skydive accident
He was found unconscious by police in a blackberry bush in a conservation area in Five Mile Bay.

Mr Holmes is a cameraman who films parachute jumps for Taupo Tandem Skydiving, where he has worked for several years.

A spokesman for Taupo Fire Brigade said Mr Holmes had fallen into dense bushes and the brigade had been called to slash a path through to free him.

The accident is now being investigated by the New Zealand Parachute Industry Association.


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