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Parachute jump almost ended in tragedy; NARROW ESCAPE.

A daredevil parachute stint for charity by five young Paisley men nearly ended in death for one of them.

Seconds after their first-time leap from a plane, some 2000ft up, novice John Brain got his parachute lines badly twisted.

Incredibly, he remained level-headed and did a scissor kick, which helped him do a mid-air spin, untangling the cords and fully opening the parachute. Later, a laughing 25-year-old John told the Express: "I just did as the instructor had earlier told us during training.

"It was almost instinctive. "When I think back it almost frightens me a little ... certainly, it was quite exciting."

The unexpected mid-air drama happened weeks after five skiing pals, including John, joked about trying a parachute jump.

John revealed what went wrong on the jump.

"I wasn't quite ready when deciding to jump out," he said. "Instead of going feet first, I toppled head first. I remember the cords twisting and the parachute did not open fully. "I was falling fast and did a scissor kick, which spun me around.

"The next thing, the lines were OK and the chute fully opened.

"No-one knew what had happened until after a safe landing."

Asked if he told his pregnant wife Lillian, he said: "Yes, she thinks I'm mad."

They had a two-year-old daughter.

He added: "I don't mind having another go. I think some of the others are quite keen."

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Fingers crossed John had high hopes for the next jump

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Date:Dec 9, 2017
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