An Australian said he spent 30 seconds — unconscious — in free fall before his instructor saved him in what he described as the “scariest moment” of his life in a video published on YouTube on Sunday.
The man, who was only identified as Christopher, can be seen convulsing about halfway through the two-minute clip that was published under the YouTube account”Nomadic Adrenaline.” NBC News could not independently confirm the authenticity of the video, and Jukin Media, a Los Angeles-based viral media rights broker that negotiated the rights to the video, didn’t say how the footage had been verified. Attempts to reach Christopher have been unsuccessful.
The skydiver said in text under the video that he was in stage five of his accelerated free fall program on Nov. 14 when he started to have a seizure while attempting a left-hand turn at around 9,000 feet.
At one point, the skydiver can be seen hurtling toward the plane, where the instructor — or jumpmaster — appears to try to grab him, although it appears that he is unsuccessful. The skydiver said he spent 30 seconds in “free fall unconscious.”
“Possibly the scariest moment of my life,” he wrote. “Thankfully my jumpmaster manages to pull my ripcord at around 4,000 feet. I become conscious at 3,000 feet and land safely back to the ground.”