- Cullman, Alabama

October 12, 2013

Woman injured in skydiving accident in Vinemont (UPDATED)

By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times

VINEMONT — Law enforcement officials said a 25-year-old Texas woman broke both her legs and was med-flighted to Huntsville Hospital around 1 p.m. Friday following a skydiving accident in Vinemont at Folsom Field after she reportedly slammed into the ground.

Skydive Alabama set out to break a state record by having more than 40 people in the air in a skydive formation, which they did so with 47 skydivers. Owner/operator Paul Rossouw said the victim’s accident occurred after the record-setting formation and was not due to faulty equipment, but simply an error in judgment.

“She had hundreds of jumps under her belt, competed in the national skydiving championship two weeksago,” Rossouw. “She was too low to the ground when she turned and had a bad landing. She was an experienced jumper, she just had an error in judgment.”

The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office and the Vinemont Fire Department responded to the incident where the victim, whose name cannot be released at this time, was unconscious following the incident and med-flighted to Huntsville Hospital.

Officials said, after the divers broke apart to do their individual landings, witnesses told law enforcement officers the victim was trying to make a “low turn or something and she and the parachute slammed into the ground really hard.”

Responders said the woman was initially unconscious, but “came to” as they were preparing her to be flown out. Officials said the woman broke both of her legs and had other injuries.

Local airport officials notified the FAA about the incident.