Unbelievably lucky skydiver survives two-mile fall after chute fails9/4/2012
Liam Dunne is grateful for his broken back, because the 35-year-old New Zealand resident knows it could have been much worse. Dunne survived a 13,000-foot fall — more than two miles — when his main parachute "completely failed to activate" and his reserve didn't open until he was just 750 feet above the ground. "I probably ought to be dead, the speed I hit," Dunne said. "The fact I am alive is what I need to hold onto." Dunne, who owns a skydiving company (and still calls skydiving "an awesome sport"), has had surgery to insert metal pins into his back and faces three months of rehab, but doctors are optimistic that he'll walk again. [Source]
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