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Manitowoc man survives skydiving accident

TOWN OF YORK (WKOW) – Authorities say a skydiver in the Town of York, near Marshall, was sent to the hospital Saturday morning.

Authorities say the skydiver spiraled about 600 feet to the ground because of trouble with his parachute.

Columbia Fire Chief Randy Koehn says they responded to the Seven Hills Skydivers Club located on the 7000 block of highway 73 at about 8:45 a.m.

Koehn says the Seven Hills Skydivers Club was attempting to fly at least 50 airplane loads of skydivers on Saturday to celebrate its 50th Anniversary.

Koehn says the 36-year-old man from Manitowoc was transported to the hospital via MedFlight, as a precaution.

Koehn said, "He was conscious and alert and in good spirits.  He was very fortunate it wasn't worse than it was."

WKOW also spoke to the Seven Hills Skydivers Club Safety and Training Advisor who said the Manitowoc man had a broken ring finger, sprained ankle and has pain in his knees.

Koehn said the last time there was a skydiving accident at this location was last year.  That skydiver also survived.

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TOWN OF YORK (WKOW) -- The Columbus Fire Chief says a 36-year-old man from Manitowoc was involved in a skydiving accident on Saturday.

Columbus Fire Chief Randy Koehn says they responded to the Seven Hills Skydiver club located at the 7000 block of highway 73 in the Town of York.

Koehn says a skydiver's shoot tangled at about 600 feet in the air.  The male began to accelerate and spiral to the ground.  When responders arrived on scene, they found the male alert and conscious with a leg injury. 

Authorities say MedFlight transported the stabilized male to a nearby hospital to check for any internal injuries or broken bones.

Seven Hills Skydivers were attempting to fly at least 50 airplane loads of skydivers to celebrate its 50th anniversary on Saturday.

Seven Hills has produced numerous national champion and world record holding skydivers.  Seven Hills has promoted the sport and training skydivers as a non-profit corporation since 1962.

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