Man hurt in skydiving accident in Suffolk

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A man was injured Saturday afternoon after an accident at Skydive Suffolk at the Suffolk Executive Airport.

Emergency crews were called to the scene at 3:56 p.m.

An investigation found that the skydiver, a 29-year-old man, was executing an advanced jump and came in for a hard landing. He was then airlifted by Nightingale to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

10 On Your Side’s Laura Caso confirmed with Skydive Suffolk and a hospital spokesperson that the man’s name is Cody Marsh.

“He has been a certified jumper for several years,” Mike Manthey, owner of Skydive Suffolk, said of Marsh. “He has his sea license and is a certified FAA rigger.”

Manthey says Marsh was just about to start a job at the facility to repack and certify parachutes — that’s the job of a rigger.

Manthey tells WAVY News that Marsh was trying to perform a high speed maneuver close to the ground and that caused the injury. The canopy started to dive to the ground and that made for a harsh impact. Manthey said it’s a rare occurrence.

The United States Parachute Association says that in 2016, there were 3.2 million jumps and just over 2,100 injuries. Still, Skydive Suffolk trains for emergency situations.

“We have an emergency response plan. We go over there assess the scene and call 911,” Manthey said.

Manthey says he hopes Marsh is back at work in the near future.

“We’ll probably visit him this week and cheer him up a little bit… and give him a picture of his dog,” Manthey said.

Skydive Suffolk did not close after the accident and they were open for business Monday.  They released the following statement about the incident:

The man that was injured today was a certified and trained skydiver who was using his own equipment at the time of the accident. We wish him a speedy recovery.”

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