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Parachutist plunges through roof
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Posted By: konocti95, 7/13/2021 2:53:19 PM

A parachutist from Camp Roberts torpedoed through the roof of a Southern California home and into the interior of the house, authorities said. The man, who was reportedly a British soldier in the midst of a training exercise, dealt with a chute that didn’t fully open before he plunged through the house in Atascadero just before 5 p.m. July 6, police said in a news release.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: konocti95 7/13/2021 2:56:37 PM (No. 844513)
That's called a "No-Notice Hospitality Check". The homeowners failed because they weren't there to offer him a beer. I hope they invite the soldier back for dinner.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: SALady 7/13/2021 3:03:48 PM (No. 844518)
Its nice to read a story like that that actually has a happy ending. If I were him, I would probably be having second thoughts about a career in the military today...
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Reply 3 - Posted by: MrDeplorable 7/13/2021 3:05:08 PM (No. 844520)
Gory, gory, what a helluva way to die, he ain't gonna jump no more.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Thos Weatherby 7/13/2021 3:08:22 PM (No. 844524)
Glad he's alive. And I bet he's happy too.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: hershey 7/13/2021 3:19:56 PM (No. 844531)
If he had died, it would be another COVID death statistic...
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Lawsy0 7/13/2021 3:23:24 PM (No. 844534)
I differ slightly about his staying with the military. I hope he will double-down on the experience and become the best darn parachutist in his unit. Maybe go on to teach others to check, recheck, and check the chute again. If it was made for the Army by good ole China, it could have been the one destined to fail. Like one apple in every bushel. Anyway, I'll help the airman thank all the heavenly help he received. The home owners also.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: DVC 7/13/2021 3:32:35 PM (No. 844547)
As some military friends would say, "It wasn't his day." Glad he survived, hope that injuries are minimal. He must have had some sort of a partial deployment. A US Army friend had this happen (partial deployment) and hit soft sand, no broken bones, but was so bruised and sore that he couldn't move within hours. He knees and hips never were very good after that.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Quigley 7/13/2021 3:54:03 PM (No. 844568)
I hate it when people drop in unexpectedly.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: earlybird 7/13/2021 3:56:41 PM (No. 844570)
Experienced airborne rangers whom I knew insisted on packing their own parachutes. His partially opened chute obviously helped a lot. He made a nice clean hole through the roof, missing the trusses.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: earlybird 7/13/2021 4:01:28 PM (No. 844578)
A British soldier has survived crashing through the roof of a house and landing in the kitchen after his parachute failed to deploy fully on a training exercise. He jumped out of a plane and fell more than 15,000 feet during a high-altitude-low-opening jump. They are used by special forces including the SAS and SBS to deploy troops in hostile environments. Residents near Atascadero, southern California, noticed the man plunging towards a red-tiled bungalow and called the emergency services. Pictures posted on Twitter show the soldier in a uniform beneath a gaping hole in the roof with the parachute attached. Dark bloodstains can be seen around his ankles. So delayed deployment of his chute was deliberate. Something malfunctioned - either he or his chute. Sounds as though he went through a tile roof. ??? Ouch.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: MrDeplorable 7/13/2021 4:01:33 PM (No. 844579)
Excuse the second post, but I just saw the photo of the paratrooper lying on the floor of the house and noticed the large pack lying next to him, which means it was an equipment jump with a full combat pack dangling underneath the jumper at the end of a 20-foot lowering line, meaning his 75-pound pack hit the roof first and broke a hole for him. If it had been a "Hollywood jump" (no equipment), he would have gone into the roof full force with his feet and legs and been injured much worse.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: ROLFNader 7/13/2021 4:04:50 PM (No. 844585)
The reporter missed the most amazing part of the story. The fact that he fell between the roof trusses ( 22.5 inches =space between them) is probably the reason he survived. Amazing!
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Venturer 7/13/2021 4:06:54 PM (No. 844587)
This tell you how sorry the roofs of these homes are.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 7/13/2021 4:20:04 PM (No. 844601)
I just hate it when that happens to me.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: formerNYer 7/13/2021 5:05:10 PM (No. 844671)
Glad he suffered only minor injuries so we can joke about this. But drop in anytime has a new meaning.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: GO3 7/13/2021 5:31:57 PM (No. 844685)
And this, maggots, is why you wear your helmets!
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Reply 17 - Posted by: NamVet70 7/13/2021 6:07:21 PM (No. 844722)
I am wondering whether his homeowner's insurance policy will cover this or will the insurance company rule that since it was a result of a military action under a Democrat regime then it is an act of God and not covered.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: padiva 7/13/2021 6:08:54 PM (No. 844724)
Note to self: Never leave the kitchen a mess.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 7/13/2021 6:58:27 PM (No. 844779)
Wow. Nothing like dropping in unannounced.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 7/14/2021 2:43:14 AM (No. 845118)
He's a long way from Tipperary. That's gonna hurt.
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