Skydiver Falls 2K Feet, Hits Steel Roof, Lives

UK man in stable condition after backup parachute failed
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 16, 2009 1:26 PM CDT
A skydiver survived a 2,000 foot plunge that ended abruptly on a steel roof.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A skydiver survived after plummeting 2,000 feet onto a steel roof after his backup parachute malfunctioned. After jumping from 10,000 feet, his first parachute failed at 3,000 feet. When he tried to use his reserve parachute, it “spiraled to the ground,” the Times of London reports. An observer called an ambulance, but it took almost an hour for rescuers to reach the man on the roof.