First pics of Brit dad-of-two who died in tandem skydiving plunge in the Grand Canyon the day before his 56th birthday

First pics of Brit dad-of-two who died in tandem skydiving plunge in the Grand Canyon the day before his 56th birthday


THESE are the first pictures of a tragic dad-of-two who fell to his death in a sky diving tragedy near the Grand Canyon.

Christopher Swales, 55, was found unconscious at Grand Canyon National Park Airport on Sunday, and died later in hospital.

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Christopher Swales, 55, was killed in a sky diving accident near the Grand Canyon[/caption]

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Mr Swales was on holiday with his wife Deborah at the time of the tragedy[/caption]

His skydiving partner, who worked at a skydiving centre, survived but suffered a broken leg and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Coconino County Sheriff’s Office named Mr Swales as the victim on Tuesday.

The skydivers had “encountered difficulties while approaching the landing area” at the Grand Canyon National Park Airport, cops said.

“These difficulties caused the pair to free fall for an unknown distance and hit the ground in what was described as a ‘hard landing’”, the statement added.

TANDEM JUMP

Swales had purchased a package that included a tandem jump from Paragon Skydive, investigators said.

Emergency services rushed to the scene shortly before 10am local time.

Mr Swales was taken to hospital but despite medics’ efforts he was later pronounced dead.

An investigation into the accident is ongoing, according to the force, although there are currently no signs that a criminal act took place.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman confirmed that the department is supporting the Mr Swales’ family.


He added: “Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”

Calls to Paragon Skydive went to a voicemail message saying the company wasn’t available on Tuesday and its message box was full.

The National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating.

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Christopher Swales, 55, died after taking off from Grand Canyon National Park airport on Sunday[/caption]


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