BSBD Eldon Vasquez Burrier & Andrew Munson

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BSBDcrop smOn 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.

News Reports: The Boston Globe, CBS Boston, capecodonline.com, The Seattle Times 

30 September 2014: We’ve updated the title and post to include Andrew in our memorial and condolences.

BSBD Ramón Rojas

BSBDcrop smChilean BASE jumper Ramón Rojas died Saturday September 20th, 2014 in Grindelwald, Switzerland. Ramón was a part of a 2-way wingsuit BASE jump. Initial reports suggest that he ended up too low and was not able to fly to a clear area or  deploy his canopy in time. The level of difficulty both in regards to exit and flight is reported to have been well within his skill level. He had done the same jump previously with ample clearance.
Proximity flying is an unforgiving sport and even the slightest error can result in death.

Ramón was a highly experienced and well respected BASE jumper. We send our sympathies to his family and friends around the world.  A Facebook Memorial Group has been set up where you can view and share memories of Ramón.

The incident remains under investigation.

News Reports: Mirror.co.uk, Dailymail.co.uk

 

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.

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.

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.

News Reports: wfla.com, tampabay.com, tbo.com

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: wcvb.com, The Boston Globe

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