Singaporean man plunges to death near Sydney in skydiving lesson gone awry: Report
SYDNEY - A Singaporean man in his 20s has died in a skydiving accident near Sydney, Australian media reported on Saturday (July 15).
The man, who is said to be in his 20s, died on impact alongside an experienced skydiving instructor upon crashing to the ground at a property in Wilton, some 85km south-west of Sydney, the Daily Mail Australia said. The police were called to the scene and were investigating the incident.
The Singaporean, who was not identified, had travelled to the area with a group and had signed up for a tandem dive.
Colombian student Catalina Grandos, who had taken the bus from Sydney with the Singaporean, told the Daily Mail she was in shock to learnabout the tragedy.
'I was in shock, I couldn't believe it. The conditions on the flight were good and I never imagined this could happen,' she said.
She found out only afterwards why the man was not on the return journey.
'They didn't tell us what happened until we got back to Sydney. We were waiting so long without knowing what happened. It was terrible.'"
The company which organised the dive, Sydney Skydivers, confirmed that "there was a fatality involving an instructor and a student".
"The cause is not yet known. More information will become available when police and the Australian Parachute Federation complete their preliminary investigation," a company spokeswoman told the Daily Mail.
Sydney Skydivers owner Phil Onis said the skydiver had 20 years of experience.
"He was an experienced skydiver...This has never happened before."
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