Florida jumper Robert Waspe died following injuries sustained during a hard landing (2-out) at Skydive City, Zephyrhills, FL. Robert was seen under his main canopy, and then the reserve fired. The main was then observed to streamer, resulting in a spinning reserve until impact. Robert was transported to a hospital, where he died few hours later.
The details of what happened or in what order are not fully known at this stage, and may never be. The main canopy was a Pulse 170 with an Optimum 160 reserve, in a CYPRES2 equipped ICON container, with the RSL hooked up. After initial inspection, all gear was found to be in good working order.
Robert was considered a heads-up, safe jumper with years of experience in the sport. A 2-out situation is can be a tricky one to handle – prevention may be the best medicine. Some years ago Performance Designs released a paper on the topic that remains a good read (PIA Dual Square Report).
We send our condolences to his friends and family. He will be sorely missed at several Florida DZ’s.
Those of you that like to jump off things are in for a treat – there is a new online magazine in town catering to BASE jumpers. The magazine is developed by a small team of dedicated enthusiasts, managed by British jumper Matt Gough.
Below is a press release from the creators of the Edge – but before we get to that one, please allow us to bring attention to a nifty little project they currently have going. Members of the BASE world – or anyone with a connection to it – are encouraged to donate their pocket change to the Edge BSBD donation fund. From that fund, Edge arranges for flowers to be sent to the families of those who have died in BASE accident, on behalf of the BASE community. With the past couple of weeks, the fund is pretty well running on empty.
To thank you for your donation, Edge has made their current issue available for free. When you go to claim it, you can essentially set your own price if you want to pay, and consider that your donation. Any payments received that way will go to that fund. More information and a link to go purchase that special edition can be found on the Edge Facebook page. Visit this post directly for the details.
And now on to the press release!
The Edge BASE Jump Magazine is currently an online publication, with aspirations to launch a physical magazine in the near future. When issues are purchased via the website or Facebook store, the reader is immediately emailed links to read the magazine in the form of interactive flipping book and/or pdf download copy.
Customers have the choice between buying individual issues, annual subscription or package deals which include a combination of subscription with items of Edge branded clothing. The first issue was released 1st March 2014 and subsequent publications are produced bi-monthly, with the second issue due for release in early May.
Members of the BASE community are encouraged to submit articles and content for the magazine and the first issue was filled with entertaining and educational content from the likes of:
- Rick Harrison
- Lonnie Bissonnette
- Jokke Sommer
- Tim Howell
- Alastair Macartney
- Hubert Schober
- Cynthia Lynn
For more information, visit the Edge website or the Facebook page.
This has to be The King of all Throwback Thursdays… 1995, a demo jump into downtown Dallas for the Texas Lottery.
Charles Urban, we most certainly owe you a nice big beer for this submission!
Pictured are Bill Hepting, Chuck Davis, Bill Geaslin, Charlie Urban, Byron Dormire
Got some Throwback photos you’d like to share? We’d love to see them!
Early this morning an experienced skydiver participating in the 222-way record attempts at Skydive Arizona died following a low cutaway. The name and nationality of the jumper has not yet been released. We will update this post with that information once it becomes available.
We send our condolences to the friends and family of the jumper, as well as to the participants of the 222-way and everyone in Eloy.
Skydive Arizona released the following statement to the media:
On April 3, 2014 at approximately 7:30 a.m. an experienced skydiver had a main parachute malfunction. The malfunctioning parachute was released too low to allow the reserve parachute to fully open. The skydiver was declared dead at the scene.
The skydiver was participating in an invitational 222-Way world record attempt. However, the incident was not related to the size of the group nor were any other skydivers involved. There were no problems related to aircraft, and weather conditions were good. The name of the skydiver is currently being withheld pending notification of the family.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased.
News Reports: ABC News, ABC15.com
American jumper Brian Drake has died from injuries sustained on a wingsuit jump in Switzerland, Saturday March 29th, 2014. Bryan had jumped with Dan Vicary and Ludo Woerth, who both died on that jump.
A group has been set up on Facebook for those that would like to share memories, kind words or photos with his family. Please proceed with utmost respect should you chose to visit. We send our sincerest condolences to Brian’s family and friends.