VIDEO | Man has seizure while skydiving, says instructor saved his life

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JANDAKOT, AUSTRALIA (March 2, 2015) – A skydiver calls it the scariest moment of his life after he experienced a medical emergency thousands of feet in the air. The man said he had a seizure during a jump that was caught on camera and posted on YouTube.  Now, it has landed on the homepage of Reddit, where the story has gotten hundreds of thousands of views and comments.

YouTube user Nomadic Adrenaline writes the following in the video description:

“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.”

A Reddit user matched the jump site and a logo on one of the skydiver’s jackets, saying it appeared the jump was from WA Skydiving Academy in Australia. The website Mashable offered the following update:

The instructor who rescued Christopher is Sheldon McFarlane, according to ABC News. WA Skydiving Academy chief instructor Robin O’Neill said the footage appeared worse than the actual event, as the company has safety automatic mechanisms in place to protect skydivers, if they are unable to deploy their chute.