Thursday 26 April 2018

Scottish man dies after suffering suspected heart attack during skydive in Thailand

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A Scottish man has died during a skydiving trip in the Thai holiday town of Pattaya.

The BBC is reporting that the man was doing a parachute jump with friends when he suffered a heart attack or stroke after leaving the plane.

The man landed in a reservoir and was quickly pulled out.

The Daily Mirror is reporting that the deceased man was expat James McConnell (69), originally from Clydebank, Scotland, who settled in Thailand 19 years ago.

He was an experienced skydiver.

Authorities in Thailand are investigating and the UK Foreign Office has yet to officially confirm the man's identity.

Harry Harrison, director of flight operations at Thai Sky Adventures, told the BBC the centre began its own investigation immediately after the incident on Thursday.

Eyewitnesses told the centre they saw the man, an experienced skydiver, rolling onto his back and spinning in mid-air shortly after he jumped.

According to reports his parachute was seen to be deployed, but he did not steer it as he drifted towards the ground. Mr McConnell missed the designated landing spot and landed in water.

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