FORT ANN, NY - State Police in Granville are investigating a skydiving accident which left two people with minor injuries.
At approximately 2 p.m. Troopers responded to a report of a skydiving accident near Country Meadows Par 3 Golf Course on SR-149 in Fort Ann. First responders located the jumpers in a treeline approximately 200 yards behind the golf course with the parachute partially in a tree.
Golfers at the course had observed the parachuters "cartwheeling" in an uncontrolled spin then landing in the tree line. Both victims were alert at the scene and complaining of minor injuries.
According to the owner of Country Meadows, golfer Amy Hoffer saw the incident and was first on the scene.
Diver 1, identified as Scott D. Smith, was the instructor working for Adirondack Skydiving Adventures. Diver 2, Georgi A. Reed was a customer who was jumping in tandem with Smith.
Reed told Hoffer that the jump was a birthday present.
According to Smith, they departed Harris Field, 10913 SR-4, Ft. Ann and made a tandem jump at approximately 9,000 ft. Smith deployed a Drogue Chute at approximately 6,000 ft., which immediately wrapped around his arm and failed to inflate. Because of the design of the chute, the main chute and reserve chute failed to open properly because of the failure of the Drogue.
Smith stated they cork screwed in the partially inflated reserve chute until they hit trees and then the ground. Smith complained of rib and foot pain and was transported to Glens Falls Hospital. Reed complained of shoulder pain and requested transport to Saratoga Hospital.
The investigation into the chute malfunction is continuing. Adirondack Skydiving Adventures did not return a call for a request for comment.