Man Has Seizure While Skydiving (Survives)

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Here's a big reason to hire the best jump master to supervise your skydive: When you have a seizure while falling 9,000 feet above Earth - he'll save you.

That's what happened to Christopher Jones, a 22-year-old man of Perth, Australia, who survived a seizure during a skydive from 12,000 feet. He lost consciousness at about 9,000 feet and was obviously unable to pull open his chute.

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In gripping, viral video posted to YouTube on Sunday, you can see Jones go limp shortly after his jump.

Jones wrote in the post that the jump, which took place in November, was "Possibly the scariest moment of my life. Thankfully my jumpmaster manages to pull my ripcord at around 4,000 feet. I become conscious at 3,000 feet and land safely back to the ground."

Jones spent about 30 seconds in unconscious free fall before his hero instructor, Sheldon McFarlane managed to maneuver his fall toward Jones, grab him and pull his chute.

McFarlane, an instructor with WA Skydiving Academy, told Guardian Australia that Jones was "very grateful." (no kidding!), adding that "It was fine. We don't do it all day everyday, but part of our training is to look after students."

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McFarlane said that had he not reached Jones in time it's likely an automatic launch device in Jones' get-up would have eventually pulled the rip cord. Fortunately, the reliability of that trigger wasn't put to the test.

Watch the hair-raising video here:

Photo: YouTube screengrab

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