Skydiver with tangled chute survives fall
Updated: Thursday, March 14 2013, 09:13 AM EDT
CALIFORNIA (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A California skydiver hit the ground at 30-miles-an-hour and lived to tell the story.
“I knew it was bad when I was living it and when I saw the video I said, 'Wow. That's a lot worse than I thought' how did I walk away from that? How did I manage to survive?” said Craig Stapleton.
Looking at Stapleton today you'd never know he survived this horrifying crash.
On Sunday he was testing a flag release stunt jump with a partner when things went horribly wrong. He says he was going too fast and starting spinning, causing his parachute to get knotted up.
Craig dropped out of the sky in the middle of a vineyard, right next to iron grape stakes in freshly plowed dirt.
“One of my last thoughts before I hit was, 'I really hope I don't hit an iron spike, because it'll just be messy,” said Stapleton. “I completely lucked out. God watches out for idiots and puppy dogs and he just let me live and walk away.”
Stapleton walked away with a dislocated shoulder and some bumps and bruises.
This veteran of 7,000 skydiving jumps says he's not deterred. He's taking this weekend off, but plans to jump next week.