Man dies in skydiving accident in Zep...

Man dies in skydiving accident in Zephyrhills

There are 51 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jan 4, 2008, titled Man dies in skydiving accident in Zephyrhills. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Police and rescue officials are at the scene of a fatal skydiving accident in Zephyrhills.

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Wess

Barrhead, Canada

#42 Apr 29, 2008
Michael,you're an idiot.It costs more to have a hobbie like owning a 4 wheeler or smoking (lets not even go there)than it does to skydive so you go smoke your childs education or go 4 wheeling (which is a far much more fatal sport than skydiving)and leave what you dont understand alone.

p.s. enjoy life in your safe little armchair and take up reading or something as your opinions are both illplaced as well as uneducated
Michael

Concord, NC

#43 Apr 29, 2008
I speak from authority. It took me a lifetime to realize that while I spent most of my money on booze and skydiving, I wasted the rest of it.
Wess

Barrhead, Canada

#44 Apr 29, 2008
Skydiving is the utmost thrill of a life time and is second only to my children,if you put it befor yours then you need to jump with a napsack full of rocks.
Nicole

Orlando, FL

#45 Jul 21, 2008
FOR ALL THESE PEOPLE SAYING NEGATIVE THINGS....THIS WAS MY COUSINS HUSBAND!!! HE WAS A FATHER, AND A SOON TO BE FATHER! A SON AND A HUSBAND!!! HE JUST GOT MARRIED!! THE FUNERAL IS THURSDAY BY THE WAY!! THIS WAS A HUMAN BEING, NOT JUST SOMEONE TO MAKE FUN OF!!

For all those who understand why people want to live while theyre alive, thank you!
Blue Skies

Raleigh, NC

#46 Mar 19, 2010
Regardless of how you feel about skydiving, this man was someone's family/friend. He died and all you can talk about is how stupid it is to jump out of a "perfectly good airplane". This was a good man who loved the sport, a sport you know nothing about. You know a lot of the "crazy people" as you call it are military and have risked or are risking their lives to fight for our country. My husband jumped in the military (a Paratrooper) and served 2 tours in Iraq. I guess I married a crazy! If you have never done something (skydiving) or you clearly know nothing about it keep your opinion to yourself. It isn't about how stupid you think it is to skydive. A man lost his life, a man who who meant so much to so many people. Blue Skies! RIP
James

Bradenton, FL

#47 Mar 23, 2010
I skydiving because I get to live in a 3D world 60 seconds at a time. I am not an earthbound monkey.
roanoke rapids girl

Fayetteville, NC

#48 Mar 25, 2010
This man was loved by many in our community and died doing what he loved ,do not judge people by what their fun or sport is,Pete was a loving family man.He had a great business and many friends and was a great american and skydiver who will be missed by many ,especially his wife ,grown children and grandchildren,In the eyes of Roanoke Rapids we have lost a honored citizen and friend
precious davis

Eastpointe, MI

#49 Mar 30, 2010
even though this man died im srry for him and i would some day like to sky dive evene though man died.GIVE HIM AN MOMENT OF SILENTS.
Skydiver

Holiday, FL

#50 Jan 2, 2012
MWW wrote:
Yes incidents do happens in sports unfortunately an incident in skydiving has a high likely hood in resulting in death. People willing to risk there lives for an adrenaline rush have serious mental issues and should consider seeking psychiatric help. Is your life so boring that you need to jump out of a plane for fun? If your life is that boring maybe you should reevaluate your life.
Peace Out
To be clear. Most skydive incidents don't end in a fatality. So far it appears he may have lost consciousness in free fall, which could have happened when he was playing soccer. There are other risks in the sport, but jumpers know what they are and weigh it against the experience I participating in a sport that is on the edge of human potential. It's statistically safer than motorcycling and many other sports. There is a better chance you will crash your car on the way to the parachute center than die in your jump. Is it dangerous? Yes. We all have a right to choose the risks we take. And most skydivers will not say they do it for an "adrenaline rush" that's a movie cliche. It's about experiencing and sharing the experience of total freedom and human flight. So, feel free to be cynical and morbid. Those of us who skydive are glad to be alive and in the sport we love.
Ruiza

Edison, NJ

#51 Feb 1, 2012
Old Curmudgeon wrote:
<quoted text>Ask his widoe and orphaned children (if he has any) if they agree.
He, girlfriend, and most of his family are jumpers as most of his friends. Please be respectful of things you don't understand. Skydiving is our life and we are very aware of the risks that are involved. Each time we step out of an aircraft we are very aware of what could happen. You my friend, should stay on the ground and get yourself a golf club.

Peace, and Blue Skies!!

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#52 Feb 12, 2012
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