His comments follow the death of a tandem skydiver at Lake Wakatipu on Tuesday at 1.40pm.

Tobin said Dunne was in an awful amount of pain and was conscious while being treated.

A Skydive Abel Tasman spokesman said he was not prepared to comment on any matters relating to skydiving as an investigation into the fatality was still under way. Any accident in skydiving became sensational thanks to the media, he said. A skydiving veteran of 25 years is calling the death of a tandem skydiver a rare occurence. A team of six Transport Accident Investigation Commission investigators is working on the crash. "Two feet indentations clearly marked his point of landing to a depth of four inches (10cm).". He loved giving people the pleasure [of a tandem skydive experience]," said Ms Chambers. Tobin said Dunne was assessed for spinal compression and lumbar fractures. The Abel Tasman area has a worldwide reputation as a truly epic place to skydive. Mapua veterinarian Chris McDonald, 62, a veteran skydiver, was killed in the crash.

Until the investigation was carried out no one could provide insight on what went wrong, he said. The company was to review any camera footage taken by witnesses, including from helmet cameras of people who jumped alongside Mr Dunne. Originally from Sri Lanka, he moved to Germany when he was seven.

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He had been a vet in the Nelson area since the 1970s.

The company has cancelled its bookings and will make a decision about when to reopen on Wednesday. Dunne was taking part in a four-way jump, but Bean said that was "irrelevant" to the investigation because the formation during freefall was over and Dunne's parachute had opened normally. Abel Tasman Skydive owner Stuart Bean said this morning the festival was continuing today from 9am as Dunne would have wanted them to carry on. Skydiving was one of the safest outdoor adventure activities you could do, Skydive Auckland chief executive Tony Green, a frequent skydiver of 25 years said.

We will make this your most memorable experience in NZ. An instructor and his passenger hit the lake after getting into difficulty, sparking a frantic search by boats and aircraft.The instructor was found during the search operation but his passenger was not yet found and presumed dead. The problem came after it had opened and he had difficulty steering. "I believe that to be the case. I don't agree it is a perceived risk the volume of quantity compared to the amount of incidents and accidents, it is very low.". A spokesman for the New Zealand Parachute Industry Association said an investigation into the accident would look at everything, including the equipment used. Tandem master Adam Bennett, an Australian, worked for Skydive Abel Tasman from September 2008 until April this year, when he went to work for Skydive New Zealand at Fox Glacier. US Election Live: Joe Biden and Donald Trump battle for the White House, The hidden fix that's radically shrinking the climate impact of your groceries, Regional councillor fights for 'million-dollar' Porirua property, US Election: How to watch America decide between Donald Trump and Joe Biden like a pro, One more second could have prevented fatal crash that killed North Canterbury father, Quiz: Morning trivia challenge: November 4, 2020, Nurses' union call for rethink of managed isolation after second community Covid-19 case, Jockey fined record $50,000 for whip rule breaches on Melbourne Cup runner-up, US election: 'I voted for Trump and Ardern', Unclaimed Bonus Bonds could end up with Government. A Skydive Abel Tasman spokesman said he was not prepared to comment on any matters relating to skydiving as an investigation into the fatality was still under way. Skydive Abel Tasman will give you the best skydive in New Zealand. Mr Bean, the chairman of the Parachute Industry Association, spoke with Mr Miller the night before the crash. Liam Dunne, 35, from Taupo, suffered serious injuries when he landed feet first at high-speed after having to ditch his main chute and rely on his emergency one yesterday afternoon.

"He was an amazing guy. The pilot of the Fletcher FU24, a former topdressing aircraft, was Chaminda Senadhira, 33, of Queenstown. "With horseback riding and whitewater rafting we don't come close to their statistics.". New Zealand's worst aviation accident in 17 years happened when the plane, carrying a party of tandem skydivers from Skydive New Zealand, crashed in a ball of flames at the end of the runway just after takeoff at 1.15pm. The auto-activation device would probably have to be sent to Germany to be assessed, and determine exactly what height it opened. He loved everyone and accepted everyone with open arms. He was a very safety-conscious guy who loved the industry and loved the sport.

Dunne was competing in the 11th annual week-long Good Vibes skydiving festival. "He was full of life, very positive and inspirational.

Skydive Abel Tasman provides tandem skydives from the Motueka Aerodrome all year round.

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"We have good equipment and great procedures. All skydiving incidents were reported under two organisations, through the New Zealand Parachute Organisation and New Zealand Parachuting Industry Association which were under the umbrella of the Civil Aviation Authority, he said.

"It's something I've been doing for 25 years and to be honest if managed correctly the risks are very low. The investigation could take more than a year to complete. He was a fantastic leader and one of the best friends you could ever hope for.". If you're going to hit something, if it's soft it's going to help.". the death of a tandem skydiver at Lake Wakatipu, Skydive instructor rescued, passenger missing in Queenstown, Lake plunge: Skydiving pair were last to leave plane, Lake plunge: Farmer tells of dramatic skydiver rescue, Skydiving tragedy: 'Bloomin' lucky' icy lake rescue, 'Very happy to be back': Lake Ōhau residents return home after a month, Helicopter sent to serious crash between car and truck, What to do with that money sitting in the bank, Protest against live export ship in south Canterbury today, Multimillionaire investor buys prominent site in Auckland's priciest suburb, Live: America decides - Trump or Biden?

Chambers said skydivers would be performing sketches for Dunne to include in the day's highlights movie and that everyone would sign a big 'get well' card for him.

She said Mr McDonald was an adventurer who travelled in places like Afghanistan in the 1970s.

We just wish him well and hope he gets well really soon.".

Festival organiser Lisa Chambers from Skydive Abel Tasman said no-one had backed out of skydives today after  Dunne's accident and that she expected about 400 to 500 jumps to be completed.

His injuries were described as not life-threatening. "With a skydiving accident where someone breaks their leg it makes the front page of the news, but on the skifields they cart them off with broken legs or arms three or four times a day. This morning about 40 skydivers gathered in groups drinking coffee and adjusting their neon jumping suits as they waited for the first flights of the day at 9am to take them 13,000 feet above Motueka. A 25-year-old Welsh tourist was injured in a skydive accident, sustaining serious leg and arm injuries.

The fourth tandem master was Michael Suter, 32, from New Plymouth.

Click here to Learn more about skydiving Skydiving. He said it was uncommon or rare to have any form of accident in the sport. His emergency chute then opened automatically about 720ft from the ground, according to police. His wife, Sally, flew from Taupo to be with him. It was his understanding that the reserve chute was not packed in New Zealand, but in Italy.

IMPACT: Impressions left in the ground after the fall. Ms Chambers said Mr Miller, known as Sarge, was "a character and a half". Contact Us now to book your skydive.

Dunne, known as "Geezer", is originally from Liverpool, moved to New Zealand in 2003 and owns the skydiving shop Deepseed in Taupo. Mr Senadhira, who was known as Chami, is survived by his wife Nina and a five-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

He leaves behind two teenage sons, Scott and Tommy, his former wife Sandra Oddie, of Nelson, and his partner Dido Eden, of Mapua. He elected to discard his main chute after problems with one of his lines meant he "was turning and had lost directional control" and could not steer.

The staff of Skydive Abel Tasman have been rocked by the deaths of friends and colleagues in Saturday's plane crash at Fox Glacier, which killed nine.

Skip to primary navigation Skip to content Skip to footer. He has two children. Festival organiser Lisa Chambers from Skydive Abel Tasman said no-one had backed out of skydives today after Dunne's accident and that she expected about 400 to 500 jumps to be completed. It was quite common for people to not remember the accident, he said.

Mr Bean said there was no indication what had caused it. Mr Dunne, 35, was taking part in Abel Tasman Skydive's week long Good Vibes festival when he struck problems after he had to release his main chute after a …

In the 11 years of the festival, there had been only one prior accident, which had resulted in a broken leg, Bean said. Witnesses Georgie and Kim Eschweiler said they watched as Dunne's main parachute floated away and he landed hard on the airport's southern side behind some hangars about 2pm. The Good Vibes festival ends on Sunday. He was a very experienced tandem master and a keen BASE jumper.

He did not have the kind of leg injuries that he had seen at other similar accidents.

"He came down fast and hit the ground full blast," Eschweiler said.

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