A British paratrooper crashed through the roof of a California home after his parachute failed to fully deploy during a 15,000-foot drop. He suffered minor injuries.
On July 6, the parachutist, who has not been officially identified, was part of a group conducting a training exercise out of Camp Roberts near Atascadero, some 18 miles south of San Luis Obispo, when the equipment failed, plunging him into a home shortly before 5 p.m, Washington Examiner reported.
Police said that no one was at home at the time.
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“I was in shock. I’m like, what?” said neighbor Rose Martin.
Several neighbors spotted the parachutist spinning in the air before the crash landing.
Martin, a certified nurse, heard a knock on her front door a few moments later.
“So I ran in to make sure he was okay and I checked on him and his eyes were open but I wasn’t sure if there were any injuries. I didn’t want anyone to move him,” Martin said.
The parachutist is seen lying on the kitchen floor, surrounded by debris from the roof, in images shared by the source.
The parachutist “was conscious but stunned with complaints of pain but no visible serious injuries.”
“Came through the roof, through the tresses, and there’s not that much damage in the house,” said Linda Sallady, the homeowner’s mother. “It’s amazing. It’s mostly the ceiling, the sheetrock. He missed the counters, appliances, everything.”
“It’s a miracle, in my estimation, really. I mean, who lands like that without a parachute and lives?” Martin said.
A representative for the British Ministry of Defense told the Daily Mail that the soldier, who was training with American servicemen at the base, is “recovering well.”
Both the British Special Air Service and the Special Boat Service participate in the training exercise, which involves a jump from a height of 15,000 feet.
According to reports, the rest of the training group landed safely at their chosen location.