Skydiver suffers seizure during jump
A skydiving YouTube user called Nomadic Adrenaline posted this dramatic video of himself suffering a seizure at 9,000 feet above the ground. The frightening video, posted above in its entirety, quickly went viral, racking up over nine million views.
Nomadic Adrenaline (identified by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as Christopher Jones, 22, of Perth, Australia), was unconscious for 30 seconds before regaining control at around 3,000 feet from the ground. His life was saved by his jumpmaster, who managed to pull his ripcord at around 4,000 feet. He landed safely without injury, Sky News UK reports.
On YouTube, Nomadic Adrenaline wrote:
"Possibly the scariest moment of my life. On the 14th of November 2014 while doing stage five of my Accelerated Free Fall program I have a near death experience. At around 9000ft I have a seizure while attempting a left hand turn. I then spend the next 30 seconds in free fall unconscious. Thankfully my jumpmaster manages to pull my ripcord at around 4000ft. I become conscious at 3000 ft and land safely back to the ground."
The ABC spoke with WA Skydiving Academy business manager and chief instructor Robin O'Neill, who said that the academy specifically asks if jumpers have any medical problems, including epilepsy.
"(Christopher's) treating specialist wrote a letter specifically saying he was fit for skydiving," Mr O'Neill said to the ABC. "Obviously he wasn't. That was the end of his skydiving career."
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