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(News.com.au)   Skydiver survives 12,000 foot fall, now wants to thank doctors, be with his family, buy a lottery ticket   (news.com.au) divider line 67
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2014-01-20 12:49:24 PM
His son Alfie was born last month.

Oh, god, never, ever, go on a trip anywhere near your child's birth or shiat like "Alfie" happens.
 
2014-01-20 01:17:41 PM
But while the experienced 31-year-old survived the epic fall, he jumped without insurance and was forced to pay nearly AU$37,500 in medical fees upfront before undergoing emergency treatment in New Zealand.

What kind of farking idiot visits another country to skydive and doesn't pay the insurance fee?
 
2014-01-20 01:18:04 PM
where is the video?
 
2014-01-20 01:20:24 PM
FTFA: "Friends of Mr Cornick, pictured here during a skydive, said the ordeal was 'pretty scary'. Source: Facebook"

No shiat Sherlock. Also, people are citing Facebook as a source now?
 
2014-01-20 01:21:20 PM
Is it really that unusual for a skydiver to fall long distances?
 
2014-01-20 01:23:29 PM
Is it really that unusual for a skydiver to fall long distances?

It is not. This guy intended to go skydiving, but he actually went earthdiving. It's rarer to survive earthdiving from that sort of height.
 
2014-01-20 01:26:31 PM
Life doesn't actually end when you have a kid, but boy did this guy try really hard!
 
2014-01-20 01:27:17 PM
Article says that when he hit the van he was going 65 kilometers. So not only are they dropping the time component of that stat but they are also using the funny unit of measurement.
 
2014-01-20 01:28:07 PM

Lsherm: But while the experienced 31-year-old survived the epic fall, he jumped without insurance and was forced to pay nearly AU$37,500 in medical fees upfront before undergoing emergency treatment in New Zealand.

What kind of farking idiot visits another country to skydive and doesn't pay the insurance fee?


what kind of country requires you to pay tens of thousands of dollars before providing emergency treatment?
 
2014-01-20 01:28:15 PM
Isn't that what they're SUPPOSED to do?
 
2014-01-20 01:30:45 PM
Guy made the Kessel run in 65 kilometers.
 
2014-01-20 01:32:51 PM

RandomAxe: Is it really that unusual for a skydiver to fall long distances?

It is not. This guy intended to go skydiving, but he actually went earthdiving. It's rarer to survive earthdiving from that sort of height.


"Anyone can throw themselves at a big rock.  What we are trying to teach you is how to miss."

Favorite saying of one of my AFF instructors...
 
2014-01-20 01:34:07 PM

pute kisses like a man: Lsherm: But while the experienced 31-year-old survived the epic fall, he jumped without insurance and was forced to pay nearly AU$37,500 in medical fees upfront before undergoing emergency treatment in New Zealand.

What kind of farking idiot visits another country to skydive and doesn't pay the insurance fee?

what kind of country requires you to pay tens of thousands of dollars before providing emergency treatment?


Boy that government run healthcare sure works well.
 
2014-01-20 01:35:32 PM
So his 'chute opened, he just had a steering problem ? Not news, happens weekly. (Hardly a "plunge"). Did the AUD37500 include the air travel from Fiji to NZ ? Sounds opt-in to me.
 
2014-01-20 01:36:56 PM

Skyd1v: RandomAxe: Is it really that unusual for a skydiver to fall long distances?

It is not. This guy intended to go skydiving, but he actually went earthdiving. It's rarer to survive earthdiving from that sort of height.

"Anyone can throw themselves at a big rock.  What we are trying to teach you is how to miss."

Favorite saying of one of my AFF instructors...


I read that and I instantly thought of HHGTTG. It's all about missing the ground. But, I digress.
 
2014-01-20 01:38:50 PM
Did the van owner have guy falling from the sky insurance?
 
2014-01-20 01:40:06 PM

wichitaleaf: pute kisses like a man: Lsherm: But while the experienced 31-year-old survived the epic fall, he jumped without insurance and was forced to pay nearly AU$37,500 in medical fees upfront before undergoing emergency treatment in New Zealand.

What kind of farking idiot visits another country to skydive and doesn't pay the insurance fee?

what kind of country requires you to pay tens of thousands of dollars before providing emergency treatment?

Boy that government run healthcare sure works well.


It's because he's Australian and he was in New Zealand.
 
2014-01-20 01:40:45 PM

OregonVet: His son Alfie was born last month.

Oh, god, never, ever, go on a trip anywhere near your child's birth or shiat like "Alfie" happens.


I think things workedout great. He survived to see his son Alfie grow up, Isn't that what it's all about?
 
2014-01-20 01:41:43 PM
Thank DOCTORS!?!?!? What kind of upside-down country did this happen in?

Here in the United States you thank God not the first responders or skilled doctors.
 
2014-01-20 01:41:54 PM
A 40mph impact?  Sounds like his main was out and inflated, just couldn't steer it anymore, but it doesn't say what went wrong.

Not that a journalist is likely to understand how a parachute works anyway...

Seems more like a common landing error than anything extraordinary.
 
2014-01-20 01:43:52 PM

jojostan: OregonVet: His son Alfie was born last month.

Oh, god, never, ever, go on a trip anywhere near your child's birth or shiat like "Alfie" happens.

I think things workedout great. He survived to see his son Alfie grow up, Isn't that what it's all about?


His kid is named Alfie.
 
2014-01-20 01:45:04 PM
Sorry, never have seen a need to jump out of a perfectly good plane for fun. If it's to save your life or military then go for it..otherwise this isn't on my bucket list.
 
2014-01-20 01:45:58 PM

jbuist: A 40mph impact?  Sounds like his main was out and inflated, just couldn't steer it anymore, but it doesn't say what went wrong.

Not that a journalist is likely to understand how a parachute works anyway...

Seems more like a common landing error than anything extraordinary.


My thoughts exactly. I think we're missing some details here.
 
2014-01-20 01:47:02 PM
Superman can be such an assh*le!
 
2014-01-20 01:47:16 PM

Skyd1v: RandomAxe: Is it really that unusual for a skydiver to fall long distances?

It is not. This guy intended to go skydiving, but he actually went earthdiving. It's rarer to survive earthdiving from that sort of height.

"Anyone can throw themselves at a big rock.  What we are trying to teach you is how to miss."

Favorite saying of one of my AFF instructors...


Just completed AFF 1 and 2 yesterday.

I wish I could play hooky from work and go jump 3 and 4 at least this afternoon.

I think I've got a new hobby...
 
2014-01-20 01:49:17 PM
Headlines always make it sound more impossible than it is.

Normal landing speed is around 30kph (18-20mph)

He didn't actually freefall 12,000 feet, he "lost control of his parachute due to a faulty steering toggle" then hit a van at less than 65kph (~40mph)

Still dangerous, but big difference between surviving a 12,000 ft fall, and steering your parachute into a car.
 
2014-01-20 01:49:31 PM

jbuist: A 40mph impact?  Sounds like his main was out and inflated, just couldn't steer it anymore, but it doesn't say what went wrong.

Not that a journalist is likely to understand how a parachute works anyway...

Seems more like a common landing error than anything extraordinary.


That is exactly how I see it as well.

Had an "incident" on my 3rd solo jump where I developed an object fixation on the flagpole out at the DZ and started my flare too late.  Ended up auguring into the ground without setting up for a PLF. Greenstick fractures in both forearms.

/why, yes, I DID learn something from that.
 
2014-01-20 01:49:33 PM

JC22: Sorry, never have seen a need to jump out of a perfectly good plane for fun. If it's to save your life or military then go for it..otherwise this isn't on my bucket list.


I've done an awful lot of fun things.... but skydiving is the only thing I can think of that's better than sex.

YMMV obviously
 
2014-01-20 01:50:36 PM

Skyd1v: RandomAxe: Is it really that unusual for a skydiver to fall long distances?

"Anyone can throw themselves at a big rock.  What we are trying to teach you is how to miss."

Favorite saying of one of my AFF instructors...


Was his name Arthur? Did he carry a bag with a cricket ball and olive oil from santorini in it?

/maybe an old rabbit bone?
 
2014-01-20 01:50:45 PM
if he is sooooo lucky.....why did he fall in the first place???
 
2014-01-20 01:53:26 PM

JC22: Sorry, never have seen a need to jump out of a perfectly good plane for fun. If it's to save your life or military then go for it..otherwise this isn't on my bucket list.


Funny, I would do it for fun, but would never do it for some asshole in a uniform just because he's "military".
 
2014-01-20 01:56:55 PM

sxacho: jbuist: A 40mph impact?  Sounds like his main was out and inflated, just couldn't steer it anymore, but it doesn't say what went wrong.

Not that a journalist is likely to understand how a parachute works anyway...

Seems more like a common landing error than anything extraordinary.

My thoughts exactly. I think we're missing some details here.


His hand slipped off a riser. Human error. He admits as much in an interview from his hospital bed. Some Aussie TV channel had it.
 
2014-01-20 01:58:39 PM
No picture of the van? Is the van owner gettin' a piece of the action in that facebook donation thing? I'm sure he didn't buy into a "skydiver catch" with his vehicle.
 
2014-01-20 01:59:24 PM
But while the experienced 31-year-old survived the epic fall, he jumped without insurance and was forced to pay nearly AU$37,500 in medical fees upfront before undergoing emergency treatment in New Zealand.


THANKS OBAMA
 
2014-01-20 02:02:55 PM
Friends, families and strangers raised more than enough money to cover his expenses?

Normally I like it when this happens, but a father with a very young son taking unnecessary risks without insurance gets bailed out? At least try to be responsible.

I should start a FB campaign for my student loans.
 
2014-01-20 02:03:36 PM
Bobbing for vans an Aussie thing?
 
2014-01-20 02:04:01 PM
"If this van's a-rockin'... don't come skydiving into it!"
 
2014-01-20 02:09:15 PM
If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
 
2014-01-20 02:11:23 PM

Baron Krelve: JC22: Sorry, never have seen a need to jump out of a perfectly good plane for fun. If it's to save your life or military then go for it..otherwise this isn't on my bucket list.

Funny, I would do it for fun, but would never do it for some asshole in a uniform just because he's "military".


He's talking about people in the military who's job it is to jump out of a plane.

Not a civilian being told what to do by the military.
 
2014-01-20 02:20:51 PM

Lsherm: wichitaleaf: pute kisses like a man: Lsherm: But while the experienced 31-year-old survived the epic fall, he jumped without insurance and was forced to pay nearly AU$37,500 in medical fees upfront before undergoing emergency treatment in New Zealand.

What kind of farking idiot visits another country to skydive and doesn't pay the insurance fee?

what kind of country requires you to pay tens of thousands of dollars before providing emergency treatment?

Boy that government run healthcare sure works well.

It's because he's Australian and he was in New Zealand.


Shouldn't matter.  Even in the United States prior to the Affordable Care Act, hospitals were required to provide emergency care even if you didn't have any insurance.   It was the one thing you could always count on:  Good emergency care regardless of your ability to pay for it.
 
2014-01-20 02:24:48 PM

bemis23: JC22: Sorry, never have seen a need to jump out of a perfectly good plane for fun. If it's to save your life or military then go for it..otherwise this isn't on my bucket list.

I've done an awful lot of fun things.... but skydiving is the only thing I can think of that's better than sex.

YMMV obviously


Your sex must be pretty goddam bad.

/has tried skydiving
//I'll take sex
 
2014-01-20 02:26:19 PM

Lsherm: wichitaleaf: pute kisses like a man: Lsherm: But while the experienced 31-year-old survived the epic fall, he jumped without insurance and was forced to pay nearly AU$37,500 in medical fees upfront before undergoing emergency treatment in New Zealand.

What kind of farking idiot visits another country to skydive and doesn't pay the insurance fee?

what kind of country requires you to pay tens of thousands of dollars before providing emergency treatment?

Boy that government run healthcare sure works well.

It's because he's Australian and he was in New Zealand.


And? In the US he would have immediately received treatment no matter where he was from or what insurance he had. That was part of the whole reason medical costs are high. Anybody can get treated at an ER and then payment is figured out after. If he couldn't pay would they have let him die in the ambulance?

Also yea, what kind of new father goes to a foreign country to skydive with no insurance?
 
2014-01-20 02:32:04 PM

AbiNormal: Superman can be such an assh*le!


Especially when he's drunk.
 
2014-01-20 02:43:51 PM
Skydiver survives 12000 foot fall

I thought that was the whole point.
 
2014-01-20 02:50:47 PM
"Thankfully, a set up to help raise funds for Mr Cornick has far surpassed the amount required, with friends, family and strangers all donating to the father-of-one's cause."

But, dats socialism! Thanks Obama!
 
2014-01-20 02:54:15 PM
No pictures of the van?  FAIL!
 
2014-01-20 03:18:44 PM
Sounds like he didn't want to be a father and took it out on an innocent van.
 
2014-01-20 03:18:46 PM
Best part? His glasses didn't break!
 
2014-01-20 03:23:16 PM

pute kisses like a man: Lsherm: But while the experienced 31-year-old survived the epic fall, he jumped without insurance and was forced to pay nearly AU$37,500 in medical fees upfront before undergoing emergency treatment in New Zealand.

What kind of farking idiot visits another country to skydive and doesn't pay the insurance fee?

what kind of country requires you to pay tens of thousands of dollars before providing emergency treatment?


The GOP are all over this!
 
2014-01-20 03:41:19 PM

wichitaleaf: pute kisses like a man: Lsherm: But while the experienced 31-year-old survived the epic fall, he jumped without insurance and was forced to pay nearly AU$37,500 in medical fees upfront before undergoing emergency treatment in New Zealand.

What kind of farking idiot visits another country to skydive and doesn't pay the insurance fee?

what kind of country requires you to pay tens of thousands of dollars before providing emergency treatment?

Boy that government run healthcare sure works well.


He isn't a citizen or resident of New Zealand so would not be covered by their health system.
 
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