The Red Devils British Army freefall parachute display team have been around since 1963 and carry out more than 60 displays each year, and parachute fails are few and far between – that was until their display at Whitehaven Air Show on the Cumbrian coast.
When one of their parachutist’s equipment faltered, the crowd were shocked and waited to see what would happen with baited breath, and thankfully – and miraculously – one of his teammates caught him mid-air and managed to bring them both down to safety, landing in water.
— Parachute Regt Band (@PARA_Band) June 20, 2015
It was the first time in 25 years a parachute had failed and the Red Devils made it clear on their Facebook page that both were safe and sound, claiming:
One team member caught his team-mate and brought him into Queens Dock. Our safety procedures worked perfectly and a huge thank you to Whitehaven Marina for getting them out of the water so quickly.Advertisement
Sarah David, who was watching, later took to Facebook and wrote:
Glad to hear both are ok, was awful watching them struggling, especially when they veered off course – until we realised they were purposely targeting the biggest area of water for ditching in to.
All 12 members of the Red Devils have at least three years of experience, which turned out to be a very good thing indeed for one guy.