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Moment skydiver’s parachute got caught in helicopter caught on camera

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Skydiver James Dobb knew he’d get quite an adrenaline rush when he jumped from this helicopter. He got more than that.

The 22-year-old thrill-seeker became hopelessly trapped 1,800m (6,000ft) above the Bedfordshire countryside when his parachute lines got tangled in the chopper’s landing skids - reports

These dramatic images show the moment his team members and instructors realised what had happened.
‘On exiting the helicopter I felt what I thought was a tap on my shoulder,’ said Mr Dobbs who has completed more than 60 jumps.

‘It took me a couple of seconds to realise what was happening and what I was seeing.

‘I sat there for a couple more seconds, trying to think what options existed. Then I was told to just, ‘‘Cut it away”. After I did so, I shouted, ‘‘I’ve got to go’’ and got confirmation in the form of, ‘‘Just jump”.’

Mr Dobb was then ‘cut away’ and used his reserve chute. It opened automatically and he landed safely.

But the drama continued in the helicopter. His first chute could have got tangled in the rotors a few feet above the passengers’ heads.

So his quick-thinking colleagues saved the day. A crew member stepped out of the helicopter to untangle the chute and drag it inside.

‘Watching the video back I’m so thankful for the crew and their quick reactions and handling of the situation,’ added Mr Dobb from Llandrindod Wells, Wales.

The incident took place in July and was filmed by a crew member’s helmet camera.

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