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Two people airlifted after sky diving accident in Racine County

Posted at 4:27 PM, Jun 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-20 17:54:02-04

YORKVILLE — Two adults were airlifted from Midwest Skydiving Center on Sunday after an accident.

The Racine County Sheriff's Office were called to the facility, located in the Village of Yorkville, just before 2 p.m. on Sunday for a rescue call.

Once on scene, deputies learned that a 28-year-old Racine woman and a 49-year old Chicago woman were tandem skydiving when their parachute deployed; however, they lost control somewhere between 20-30 feet from the ground and crashed.

Both sustained life-threatening injures and were transported to an area trauma center via Flight for Life.

According to Skydive Midwest's website, in tandem skydiving a participant attached to an instructor leap from a plane together. They can reach speeds of at least 120 mph as they approach the earth, the Associated Press reported.

Skydive Midwest said this in a statement:

"We're very concerned for both the instructor and the student, and our thoughts are with them and their famililes right now. The incident is currently under investigation at this time."

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