Keith 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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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.”