(MESQUITE, Nev) - Two persons suffered serious injuries after their parachutes became entangled near the end of their jump at around 1:30 on Saturday afternoon at the Mesquite Airport. The entanglement resulted in both jumpers freefalling the final twenty to thirty feet to the ground. As luck would have it, both parachutists narrowly missed the Mercy Air 11 Medical Helicopter which is based at the airport and landed approximately 20 feet from the aircraft, but still on its helipad. This enabled the Nurse and the Paramedic from the flight crew to immediately begin rendering aid while waiting for additional assistance from Mesquite Fire Rescue Paramedics. One patient was transported directly to the University Medical Center(UMC) Trauma Center in Las Vegas via Mercy Air 11, while the second jumper was initially taken to Mesa View Regional Hospital for evaluation of an obviously fractured arm and to check for other possible internal injuries. The second person was also later transferred to UMC Trauma for specialized Trauma Care. While both jumpers injuries are considered serious, they were both awake and talking which is thankfully much less severe than initially reported. The initial dispatch information advised that CPR was being performed on one patient and that both were unconscious.
An initial investigation will be conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure all flight regulations were followed throughout the jump and to try and determine if the parachutes were packed appropriately which is standard practice with this kind of incident. The initial findings of that investigation are not known at this time.