Harrogate man dies in skydiving tragedy

Authorities in Arizona are investigating the death of a Harrogate man after a skydiving tragedy struck while on holiday in the USA.

Thursday, 12th September 2019, 4:50 pm
The scene of a tragic death - Grand Canyon National Park.

Sheriff's officials at Coconino County in Arizona said Christopher Swales, 55, had gone into free fall during a tandem skydive while approaching the landing area at the Grand Canyon National Park Airport.

The authorities believe the pair hit the ground in what is referred to as a 'hard landing.'

Mr Swales, who ran a joinery company, was found unconscious and was taken to hospital but later died.The instructor survived the fall with a broken leg.

The crash is now being investigated. The sheriff's office issued a statement saying "there are no indications that the incident is criminal in nature."

The incident happened the day before Mr Swales was to celebrate his 56th birthday.