Red Devil caught mid-air after parachute fail says he owes team-mate a pint
20 June 2015
From the section Cumbria
A Red Devil parachutist who was caught in mid-air by a team-mate when his chute failed has said he owes his colleague a pint.
Cpl Mike French, 34, was performing at the Whitehaven Air Show in Cumbria on Friday when his chute failed.
He was caught by Cpl Wayne Shorthouse before they crashed into the harbour.
Cpl Shorthouse said he was “no hero” and both men had been trained for such a scenario.
A message on the show’s Facebook page after the incident said both men, who were performing with the Army freefall parachute display team, were all right.
It said: “We can confirm that the Red Devil parachutists are both safe and sound. For the first time in 25 years they had a parachute fail.
“One team member caught his team-mate and brought him into Queens Dock. Our safety procedures worked perfectly and a huge thank you to Whitehaven Marina for getting them out of the water so quickly.”
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Source:: BBC UK