2 skydivers in critical condition after parachute did not open during tandem jump in Waller County, sheriff says

WALLER COUNTY, Texas – A skydive instructor and female client were critically injured Saturday after their parachute failed to open during a tandem jump in Waller County, according to the county’s Sheriff’s Office.

The incident was reported at 12:02 p.m. in a residential area near Skydive Houston, located at 1654 Kitty Hawk Dr.

A witness who lives in the neighborhood said he saw the victims struggling with their parachutes.

“He let off his primary and then the secondary shoot like opened halfway up so he didn’t fall like a straight fall he was like 50 percent shoot, like a corkscrew,” said witness Alex Arias.

Arias said he rushed over to help after the crash and found the male instructor unconscious but said the woman was awake and asking for help.

“She was like, ‘Make it stop, make it stop, make it stop. Get him off of me. Make it stop.’ And I was like ‘You’re ok, you’re ok’ and I’m telling the other dude, ‘Hey wake up, wake up’ and he was out,” Arias said.

Sheriff Troy Guidry said the male instructor and woman were both flown by Life Flight helicopter to Memorial Hermann in the Medical Center.

KPRC 2 reached out to Skydive Houston about the incident but has not heard back from them yet.

The Waller County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as they become available.

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