Miracle Escape

A NZ skydiver has survived a 3600m fall after his parachute became entangled. Michael Holmes, 25, filmed his fall with a helmet camera as he spiralled out of control over Lake Taupo. The video footage has since been screened all over the world. Holmes spent 11 days in hospital with a badly broken ankle and a punctured lung caused by snapped ribs. “Friends ask if I was scared but really I was just angry that I’d done everything exactly as I should and it hadn’t worked,” he says. “I remember everything. Nothing’s a blur.” Holmes hopes to resume skydiving in April.


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