Florida skydiver falls with tangled parachute
LAKE WALES, Fla. – Authorities say a Florida skydiver suffered broken bones and a head injury after falling 9,000 feet with a tangled parachute.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office says Victor Bryie of Winter Haven and Shaun Phillips of the United Kingdom jumped Sunday near the Lake Wales Municipal Airport.
According to the The Ledger, Phillips told deputies that his ankle got caught in Bryie's parachute lines, and both skydivers' lines started to tangle.
Phillips told investigators that the line around his ankle broke, freeing him to fall with a fully open parachute. Bryie continued falling wrapped in lines and with a partially open parachute.
Bryie was airlifted to a hospital. The sheriff's office said Monday that Bryie remained hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
Phillips was not hospitalized.