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Mon January 13, 2014
Skydivers' Chutes Tangle, Two Crash To Ground
Two Nevada skydivers are alive but seriously injured after their parachutes entangled and they struck the ground, just a few feet from a medical helicopter stationed at the Mesquite Airport.
The jumpers were attempting to land at the Mesquite airport when their parachutes tangled, causing the two to free-fall the final 20 to 30 feet to the ground. The two landed just feet from a medical helicopter whose flight crew immediately rendered aid.
One jumper was transported by the medical helicopter to University Medical Center Trauma Center in Las Vegas. The other was initially treated at Mesa View Hospital in Mesquite, but ultimately transported to Las Vegas by the same helicopter.
Their injuries are serious, although they were both conscious and talking with first responders.