On Saturday, August 30th, 2014 Donald Bragg died from injuries sustained during a jump at Skydive the Farm in Rockmart, Georgia.
Two jumpers were attempting a Mr. Bill*, with Donald as the third, doing outside video. To the best of our knowledge, the pair exited and deployed. Jumper B was not able to hold on through deployment and fell away. Donald was situated above the deploying main and the jumpers collided hard. Donald had initiated his own main deployment but not in time to avoid the deploying main or the jumper underneath. As a result of the collision both reserves were deployed, resulting in a double two-out scenario. It is possible that Donald was killed in the collision, but at the very least both jumpers lost consciousness. Donald was located by emergency responders and pronounced dead at the scene. The other jumper involved in the collision was transported to a hospital for treatment for his injuries and is expected to recover well.
The incident is under investigation.
We send our sincerest sympathies to the friends and family of Donald Bragg and everyone at Skydive the Farm.
News Reports: northwestgeorgianews.com,
*A Mr. Bill is when one jumper (Jumper A) holds on to the harness of another (Jumper B), while that one (B) deploys his main. This is typically takes place right out the door, the pair aiming for a sub-terminal opening. Later on, jumper A will let go of the harness and fall away from Jumper B, to deploy and land under his own canopy.
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Douggs, a renowned BASE jumper, skydiver and author, wrote a helpful article on dealing with death in our sports: “Death in the Sport of Life.”