Skydivers’ terrifying plummet to ground as parachutes get tangled up at 6,500ft

Two skydivers got their parachutes tangled up after a terrifying clash at 6,500ft – only managing to cut themselves free as they plummeted to the ground with seconds to spare.

A four man team from Qatar had jumped out of the plane on Australia’s Gold Coast while taking part in the World Parachuting Championships.

But two men quickly got into trouble as the strings became entwined, sending them spiralling out of control.

The drama was caught on camera by a fifth member of their team who was filming their performance as the incident unfolded in front of him.

The were seen freefalling for 26 seconds as their coach watched the horror unfold from the ground.


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Coach Mikael Anderson told 7 News in Australia: "You have to push to the limit, and when you go over the limit, this happens.”

They were just 700 metres to go when the pair managed to cut themselves free.

And despite the heavy winds the foursome went back up to have another attempt at the display.


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One of the parachutists said they had trained for getting tangled up and practise what to do.

He said: “If you know how to fix the problem, you will not get nervous."

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