A skydiver got lucky when he missed his landing. According to local reports by Daily Voice for Northwest Dutchess, the mishap occurred on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Reportedly, the skydiver hit a tree before plummeting to the ground.
The Rhinebeck police confirmed this report. According to the Rhinebeck police, the skydiver miscalculated his landing. After missing his landing, the skydiver hit a tree and fell to the ground. The approximate distance the skydiver fell was 30 feet. The accident took place in Dutchess County which is located in New York. The accident occurred at approximately 5:45 p.m. local time. The location was at 3631 Mill St. which is at the American Legion.
The skydiver has been identified as David Jacaruso. Jacaruso is from Gardiner, New York. Apparently while falling, Jacaruso stuck the tree and got tangled up in the tree, then proceeded to fall an estimated distance of 30 feet to the ground.
According to Sgt. Peter Dunn, who confirmed the incident and the fall, Jacaruso broke his wrist somewhere in the process—it was not confirmed if the fracture was due to hitting the tree or to hitting the ground. Dunn also stated that because of Jacaruso’s broken wrist, he was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Jacaruso was transported by Rhinebeck Emergency Medical Services.
No other information has been released to the public at this time. The state of Jacaruso’s breaks were not elaborated on, and the skydiving company has not issued a statement. It has not been said if the accident is under investigation either.
While the skydiving facility Jacaruso went through has not been publicly disclosed, the nearest skydiving center to 3631 Mill St. is Skydive the Ranch. In addition, Skydive the Ranch is the only skydiving company that is located in Gardiner, New York. The distance between the Skydive the Ranch’s address and 3631 Mill St., according to a Google map search is 30.7 miles. The address is located on the Hudson River. The town of Rhinebeck is .9 miles from the address as well.
On May 20, 2017, it was reported by Hudson Valley News Network that a skydiver suffered serious injuries when “caught in the canopy of a tree” while skydiving through Skydive the Ranch. Arya Tafvizi, who was 28, fell between 50-70 feet when his parachute got entangled in a tree and he cut himself loose. He suffered internal injuries and a broken leg from the fall; he was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center in serious condition.
In June 2012, CBS New York reported a skydiving instructor and his passenger both died in a tandem skydiving accident through Skydive the Ranch. As a result of the accident, David Winoker, a 49-year-old and father of three, died. The instructor was identified as Aleksandr Chulsky, 26—it was thought that some kind of medical conditioned incapacitated Chulsky on their plunge to the ground.
Skydive the Ranch’s website states, “Skydive the Ranch has been bringing the gift of flight to hundreds of thousands of people for almost 40 years. Our team of licensed instructors will safely take you to new heights.”