Sky diver hurt in jump

May 10, 1994|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,Ocean City Bureau of The Sun

OCEAN CITY -- A sky diver remained in critical condition yesterday after suffering multiple fractures in a rough landing Sunday at the Ocean City Municipal Airport, authorities said.

Jean-Luc Vivier of Washington was with a group of sky divers jumping at the Ocean City airport Sunday afternoon -- an event that was part of the resort's Springfest '94 -- when the accident occurred.

A witness, Kevin Gibson, an owner of the Skydiving Center of Greater Washington, said it appeared that Mr. Vivier "made a turn too low" during his parachute maneuvers that caused the rough landing.

"You want to be finished with any turns by about 50 feet above the ground," Mr. Gibson said.

Mr. Vivier broke his legs and pelvis and also suffered internal injuries, according to David Collins of the Ocean City Emergency Medical Service. He was treated at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury before being taken by state police MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

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