Caught on camera: skydivers collide mid-air, one left paralyzed
Dramatic GoPro footage shows the moment two wing-suit jumpers collided mid-air, leaving one paralyzed.
Sebastian Leal, 23, said he’s lucky to be alive after his crash in Florida on March 22 that left his spine fractured in four places and paralyzed him from the waist down.
“I remember exiting the airplane and approximately five seconds afterwards, we collided,” Leal said to WFLA News. “My next memory is lying on the ground, in pain.”
In the footage, Leal is seen jumping out of the plane, then within seconds, he collides with another jumper. Leal’s GoPro shows him spinning until he hits the ground.
His automatic reserve parachute deployed, however, the fall was so hard it knocked him unconscious.
“I’ve had some near collisions, which was scary, but I had never experienced or seen a collision of this type,” Leal continued.
The professional jumper’s rehab is expected to last five to 10 weeks.
He also said he’s determined to walk again.
“I love flying wing suits, I encourage people to try it,” Leal continued. “I have no regrets.”
According to WFLA, Leal has done over 400 jumps.
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