Skydiver dies at Grand Haven event

Ottawa County

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — A man died after an incident at a skydiving event in Grand Haven.

It happened around 4 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Haven Memorial Airport.

A licensed skydiver died after he was injured while landing during a skydiving event known as the “Dink Dink Boogie,” which is hosted by the airport, according to a news release from Skydive Grand Haven.  

The victim is a 33-year-old man, according to the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

Event organizer Andrew Draminski says the man is from out of state.

“We have a lot of friends in common, it’s a tight-knit community that you become close to people very quickly,” Draminski said.

The victim’s landing process failed due to a low turn, Skydive Grand Haven stated.

Witnesses said the victim was completing a skydive and his parachute may have come in contact with another skydiver that was landing, according to the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

Witnesses said that it appeared the victim’s parachute collapsed approximately 50 feet from the ground, police say.

Draminski said there was no equipment failure and the victim was wearing a wingsuit.

“The thing we do is dangerous. We’re all aware of that. We all put a lot of effort into ameliorating that danger and making it as safe as we possibly can,” Draminski said.

Leading up to the incident, the skydiver had deployed the parachute normally and without incident, the company stated.

Dink Dink Boogie is a major skydiving festival that draws people from around the nation, the company says.

After the accident, jumps at the festival were canceled for Saturday. However, the four-day event may continue on Sunday, Draminski said.

“This is sad. This is very hard for all of us. This is going to affect everyone involved. But we will continue to do this,” he said.  

Grand Haven authorities say the Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted and there will be further investigation.

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