Obviously no one intended for this to happen, but wow. BBC is reporting that Dutch jumper Mark van den Boogaard had some kind of malfunction on a jump, landed off the DZ, died, and wasn’t found until a week later, by rabbit hunters. The article says Mark was a bit of a loner, not close to family, and worked alone from his home, so no missing persons report was filed.
The DZ doesn’t have a check-in system and DZM Simon Woerlee is quoted as saying, “If you are forced to find out where everyone is, there can be a big drama for nothing. You can call all the emergency rescue teams and helicopters, then discover the person is sitting at home having tea with his granddad – that has happened before.”
Carolina Sky Sports had a check-in system that was pretty strictly adhered to – you got a ticket for each jump and had to return it immediately upon landing. Does anyone jump at a place where this works? It doesn’t happen often, but seems worth it for situations like this and the incident in Texas where the jumper (who was also in charge of checking people in) wasn’t noticed missing for days.
In any case, BSBD Mark.