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Soldier survives parachute terror.

A Midland soldier survived a fall of almost a mile after his parachute failed to open properly during a training exercise in Canada.

Pte Paul Delaney, from Hereford, smashed into the ground at 70 miles an hour but incredibly escaped with just broken legs and hip.

The 22-year-old Royal Greenjacket had battled to untangle his parachute, which snarled at 4,500 feet above the ground, before losing consciousness. He came round 24 hours later.

Pte Delaney will return to Britain tomorrow after being treated in Calgary. He will continue his recovery at a naval hospital in Portsmouth.

The accident happened in Alberta. After jumping the Pte Delaney was caught in turbulent winds and began spinning out of control. The ropes of his parachute wrapped around the canopy which collapsed - leaving him falling faster and faster.

His mother, Mrs Anne Delaney, a nurse, flew out to be at her son's bedside following the accident.

His father Mr Bill Delaney, himself a former soldier, said: "It was only his fourth jump but I'll take him up with me to jump when he is fit again."
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 10, 1998
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