Euroa parachuter plunges to his death 

A SKYDIVER took “dramatic turns” close to the ground before he died in a jump gone wrong at Euroa on Saturday, an instructor said yesterday.

Chief instructor Ian Matthews, of The Parachute School at Euroa, saw the 33-year-old American traveller come down.

Mr Matthews quashed reports there were complications with the man’s parachute.

“There was nothing wrong with the parachute, the parachute opened well and the winds were only five knots,” Mr Matthews said.

“He threw some dramatic turns in close to the ground in the last 300 or so feet and he impacted.”

Mr Matthews said the man had come from Melbourne for the day to do a solo jump.

“He was an experienced jumper,” he said.

Mr Matthews said his school had never lost a skydiver in its 30 years of operation.

“We’re one of the longest running centres in Victoria, we pride ourselves for having the best safety record,” he said.

Emergency services were called to Drysdale Road about 12.30pm where they found the man dead.

Police were trying to notify his family.

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