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Man killed as parachute becomes tangled in jump from plane.

A MALE parachutist has died after coming down in a field, an ambulance service said.

Paramedics were called to a field next to a church on Main Street, Cockerham, near Lancaster, Lancashire, at 1.52pm yesterday. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Retired paramedic Chris Tomlin, 56, said the parachutist was jumping as part of the Cockerham Gala which takes place in the village every year.

He was standing in his back garden, which is about 500m from the field, when he realised the man was in trouble and tended to him after he had hit the ground.

He said: "The parachutist left the aircraft. He deployed his chute and it was tangled.

"He tried to cover the procedure to untangle the chute and he was over Cockerham church when he must have realised how close to the ground he was.

"He cut away the main chute and deployed his emergency chute but it looks like he was too close to the ground."

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said the man is believed to be in his 40s but has not yet been identified as officers are trying to trace his next-of-kin.

He said: "A man has sadly died following a parachute accident in Cockerham.

"An investigation is now under way between the police and other relevant authorities."
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 8, 2012
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