Woman rushed to hospital after hard landing in pond at Skydive City

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (WFLA) – A woman was attempting to land near an airstrip at Skydive City when she crashed into a nearby pond Wednesday, causing injuries, police tell News Channel 8.

Authorities were called to the skydiving business around noon.

“She was performing a swooping technique over a pond,” said Lt. Matt Hillen of the Zephyrhills Police Department. “She came in too low and hit the water really hard.”

People in the area were able to quickly get her out of the water. Officials say she was alert and conscious when she was flown to Lakeland Regional Hospital. There is no word on her current condition or how serious her injuries are.

Her identity is unknown and she is not from the area, Hillen said.

He explained that this is the ninth hard landing at the business this year. Last month, two men suffered serious injuries in two separate incidents at Skydive City.

Back in January, one person fell to their death at Skydive City. Just a few months earlier, in November 2017, a skydiver died after police say their parachute failed to open during a routine jump. 

Police say they investigate each hard landing. The lieutenant says nothing comes back to Skydive City and tells us it is generally the skydiver’s fault.

“I mean, I’m going to have a lot of fun,” said first-time skydiver Krystal Lovelace, who was in training at Skydive City when she heard about the accident.

It didn’t deter her.

“As a matter of fact, I’ve researched it – 3.2 million jumps, only 24 accidents,” Lovelace said. “That’s a pretty safe sport, so I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t.”

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