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Skydivers collide: “Florida man” killed in South Carolina skydiving accident
- Updated: June 6, 2016
Skydiver’s body recovered in SC after colliding mid-air with another diver.
Deputies in Chester County are investigating after the body of a missing skydiver was found in a wooded area.
The skydiver has been identified as Bond Springer, 32, of Boca Raton, Fla.
Authorities say the skydiver was found near Skydive Carolina. Springer’s body was found just before 9 a.m. Sunday.
Deputies say the area is being treated as a crime scene. According to the Chester County Sheriff’s Department, Carolina Skydive owner Danny Smith told deputies that two jumpers jumped out of a plane in wing suits and collided in the air. One of the skydivers was then taken to the hospital with a broken leg.
Skydive Carolina released the following statement Sunday:
On Saturday, June 4th at approximately 7:10 p.m., two experienced skydivers collided while making a wing suit skydive at Skydive Carolina during the annual Carolinafest skydiving festival.
The collision occurred midair. One of the two skydivers deployed his main parachute and landed despite sustaining minor injuries. The second skydiver was reported missing and search parties were deployed to locate the individual. Search efforts had to be called off due to storms that rolled in followed by darkness.
On Sunday, June 5th at 7:00 a.m., search parties resumed their search. At 8:52 a.m. the individual was found, deceased.