BSBD Donald Bragg, Skydive the Farm

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BSBDcrop smOn 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.

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*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.

BSBD Keith Murray, Skydive City

BSBDcrop copyKeith Murray died from injuries following a low turn at Skydive City, Zephyrhills, Florida on Saturday August 23rd, 2014.

Following an uneventful skydive and deployment, Keith initiated very low turn and impacted the swoop pond.  He was immediately retrieved and CPR started. Emergency services took over upon arriving and transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
It is not known why Keith made this turn. He was not a swooper and not known as an aggressive pilot. Keith was current and a capable jumper with over 900 jumps. It is not believed that traffic or equipment were a factor.
An investigation is underway.

We send our deepest sympathies to Keith’s family and friends.

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BSBD Daniel Pelrine, Skydive Pepperell

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BSBDcrop smDaniel Pelrine died from injuries following a hard landing on Sunday August 17th, 2014 at Skydive Pepperell.

He was an experienced jumper and is reported to be current and have had around 500 jumps.  The tight knit community at Pepperell remembers Daniel as a one of a kind guy that was an important part of the dropzone life. The Barefoot Boogie (their annual event) is taking place this weekend, offering opportunities to share memories and good times.

The incident is under investigation.  We send our sincerest condolences to Daniel’s friends and family and everyone at Pepperell.

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Daniel Pelrine – photo by Alaina Bellucci

News Reports:, The Boston Globe

BSBD: BASE Incidents on Brevent, Mont Granier and Brento

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BSBDcrop smThree BASE jumpers were killed this past weekend. Two in separate incidents in the French Alps this past Sunday (August 17th) and one in Brento, Italy (Saturday August 16th).

An Australian jumper died after jumping Brevent, near Chamonix, France. The name has not yet been released. The jumper was wearing a wingsuit. Brevent is known as a technical spot, not suitable for inexperienced jumpers. BASE jumping was temporarily banned there, but allowed again with some restrictions following a review last July (2013).

French BASE jumper Éric Plassard died after jumping Mont Granier, France. He was an experienced BASE jumper.

French authorities are investigating both incidents.
- News reports:,, The Sydney Morning Herald

Spanish jumper Abraham Cubo Lopez died Saturday August 16th after a jump from Brento, Italy. He was wearing a wingsuit.

Investigation is pending.
- News report: La Voz de Calicia (Spanish)

Those interested in learning more information on BASE incidents should visit BLiNC Magazine and review the BASE Fatality List. BLiNC does an excellent job of gathering and publishing useful information, so that others may learn. Detailed information on the above incidents will be made available there in due time, following a thorough review.

BSBD: Ryan Erickson, Skydive Kapowsin

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BSBDcrop smExperienced jumper Ryan Erickson died from injuries sustained during an extremely hard landing at Skydive Kapowsin in Shelton, Washington on Sunday August 17th, 2014. Ryan had around 1000 jumps and at this point there is no indication of equipment problems contributing to the hard landing.

The incident is pending investigation.
Our condolences to Ryan’s family and friends.

News Reports: The Seattle,