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Experienced sky diver in fatal fall

March 25, 2008

Wes Harberts , a resident of South Lake Tahoe, California, died yesterday afternoon whilst sky diving after his parachute failed to open. The experienced sky diver, who had more than 8,000 jumps to his name, attempted to deploy his parachute which failed to open and he spiralled to the ground and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are investigating the accident but no criminal activity is suspected.

The United States Parachute Association, or USPA, reports an average of 30 skydiving deaths per year out of more than two million safe jumps.Accidents like this are extremely rare, especially when the diver is as experienced as Harberts was.

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