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Parachute Instructor Tried to Save Student

It is believed that the older man who died in the skydiving accident in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, Örvar Arnarson, who was a parachute instructor, had tried to save his younger student, Andri Már Þórðarson.

florida_tampa_psTampa, Florida. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Both of them died in the fall. Their main parachutes were not deployed and the spare parachutes too late, Fréttablaðið reports.

The accident is being investigated by local police authorities. They stated yesterday that there are no indications of anything criminal having taken place. The evidence includes recordings from a video camera one of the jumpers carried on his helmet.

Both men were Icelandic and part of the skydiving club Frjálst fall, which organized the trip to the U.S.

The club’s chair, Hjörtur Blöndal, told RÚV yesterday that the group had been offered crisis counseling on Sunday but turned it down.

They have been in contact with the families of the deceased in Iceland and decided to remain in Florida and continue skydiving, he said. “It’s what Andri and Örvar would have wanted.”

Örvar was 40 and Andri 25. They were both unmarried and had no children.


25.03.2013 | Icelanders Die in Skydiving Accident in Florida


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