On Sunday September 28, tandem instructor Eldon Burrier and his student Andrew Munson were killed following an extremely hard landing. Initial reports indicate a main/reserve entanglement, followed by an off landing in a a residential neighborhood. The jumpers were from Skydive Barnstable – a Cape Cod drop zone located in Marstons Mills, Massachusetts.
The incident is under investigation.
Eldon was an experienced skydiver with several thousand jumps and many years in the sport. He was one of the original competitors on the Pro Swooping Tour, back in the infancy of Canopy Piloting as it’s own discipline. Eldon could be counted on to go big or go home on every single competition run – and there was never a dull moment when he was around.Eldon certainly sported a bit of a wild side, and through his antics BASE jumping, swooping etc, we had truly come to believe he had more lives than the average cat. He also had a huge heart, and a matching big smile to go with it. He will be missed, but live on in our many memories.
Andrew was reportedly making his first skydive. He was remembered by friends as an active, adventurous and kind man.
We send our sincerest condolences Eldon’s and Andrew’s family and friends.
30 September 2014: We’ve updated the title and post to include Andrew in our memorial and condolences.
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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.”