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Victim of skydiving accident in Wollongong reflects on crash landing



One of the men injured in a skydiving accident in Wollongong yesterday says he feels lucky to be alive.

Emergency services were called to Stuart Park in North Wollongong yesterday after a tandem skydive went wrong.

The 55-year-old instructor, Mick, and his 27-year-old customer, Brooklan Frkovic, were aiming to land on the beach but became entangled in a pine tree, sending them crashing to the sand.

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"I have a screenshot in my mind of what it looked like coming into the sand," Mr Frkovic said.

The 55-year-old suffered a concussion, while Mr Frkovic sustained face, chest and pelvic injuries.

Both were transported to hospital in a stable condition.

It was Mr Frkovic's first time skydiving, a bucket list gift from his girlfriend for Christmas.

"The fact that me and Mick came out relatively okay, all things considered, is great," Mr Frkovic said.

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Victim of skydiving accident in Wollongong explains what happened.

Mr Frkovic said the accident happened very quickly.

"We sort of hit the ground and I think we bounced."

"I was quite breathless, so I was just trying to roll myself into a position where I could get my breath back."

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Two men injured in skydiving accident in Wollongong.

After 24 hours, Mr Frkovic is healing well and hopes to be discharged from hospital tonight.

"It's a freak thing that happens," he said.

"It's like having a car crash, you get back in the car. So, I'll see I might do another one."

Skydive Australia is investigating the incident.

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