A skydiver was rescued in midair by his instructor after suffering a seizure at 9,000ft.

Christopher Jones passed out moments after leaving the plane on his training dive near Perth in November and was left spinning out of control. A video of the incident has been watched more than 3million times since being posted on YouTube this weekend.


After several failed attempts of trying to help him, instructor Sheldon McFarlane managed to grab the 22-year-old and deploy his parachute. Fortunately he regained consciousness at about 3,000ft and managed to land safely.

At no time was I worried he was going to hit the ground without a parachute, but given the circumstances and where we were I thought it would be better to get him under parachute earlier than later.

I managed to catch him on my second attempt and deploy his parachute. As far as difficult, yeah, it was OK. I got him.

  • Sheldon McFarlane, instructor
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