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Incident at Skydive City sends one to hospital as trauma alert for 3rd time in 3 weeks

Posted at 12:25 PM, Apr 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-18 18:55:05-04

Zephyrhills Police and Pasco County Fire Rescue were on scene of an incident at Skydive City.

A skydiver was recovered from a pond on the property and was airlifted as a trauma alert to Lakeland Regional Hospital. The woman is 35 years old. She is not from the area. According to the police department, she has jumped more than 5,000 times. It is unclear how many of those jumps took place at Skydive City.

"It's a dangerous sport. Skydive City is very popular. You have people from all around the world coming here to skydive," Lt. Matt Hillen said.

The parachutist came in low on landing approach and attempted to swoop over a pond of water on the property, according to the Zephyrhills Police Department. The parachutist struck the water hard and was recovered in the water. 

Second skydiver airlifted as trauma alert in 2 days at Skydive City in Zephyrhills

Skydiver airlifted as trauma alert after hard landing at Skydive City in Zephyrhills

Lt. Hillen said there have been nine total incidents at Skydive City this year, which includes today's incident. Eight of the incidents were hard landings. The other one ended tragically when a 26-year-old Connecticut man died.

"Everything that we found, nothing has come back to Skydive City, specifically, or their equipment. It's usually the skydivers fault," Lt. Hillen said.

ABC Action News contacted Skydive City. They told us they were going to email us a statement regarding today's incident. We have not received the statement.

According to Lt. Hillen, the parachutist is expected to be okay. She complained of chest and back pain.