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Learn how to live through anything life throws at you with these survival videos.
You Will Need
- Another skydiver
- Body of water or tree (optional)
Get their attention
Get the attention of a diver who hasn't yet deployed their own chute and indicate that you have a parachute failure by waving your arms and pointing to your chute.
Grab onto them
Grab hold of your companion. Then hook your elbows through their chest strap and grab hold of your own straps. If you're not tethered together this way, the g-forces will force you apart when the chute is opened.
Brace yourself for the chute deployment. The force will likely result in your breaking or dislocating both your arms.
Hope for the best
Hope your pal is able to hang on to you with one arm while steering the parachute clear of power lines and trying to slow the descent.
Don't give up
Never give up. According to accident analysis by a skydiver psychologist, some deaths could have been avoided if the diver had continued to work on solving the problem instead of becoming paralyzed with fear.