A parachutist whose main chute failed to open during a sky dive at Motueka today, tried desperately to deploy his reserve chute - but that too failed to respond to his attempts.
A man's being flown to Nelson Hospital in a serious condition after his parachute apparently failed.
St John were alerted to the incident at 2pm.
Police say the man's reserve parachute eventually deployed automatically just 750 feet above the ground.
St John's Operations Team Manager and Rescue Helicopter paramedic, Gary Tobin, says the 35-year-old Taupo man is one of a number of experienced sky-divers who were jumping at Motueka Airport this afternoon.
He says the man's emergency reserve parachute did not fully deploy resulting in him landing, quickly and heavily, feet first.
"To the extent that his feet have made an indentation about four inches deep into the turf at Motueka Airfield."
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