Terrifying moment Army parachutist hurtles to the ground

This is the terrifying moment an Army parachutist hurtles to the ground after losing control during a 5,000ft display jump – but miraculously survives with only minor injuries.

In the footage the unnamed parachutist from the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment spirals through the air before hitting the ground, with his the rest of his team landing in the sea. 

The jump took place over Eastbourne, East Sussex, as part of the Eastbourne Air Show at the weekend.

Daniel Blocksidge, who snapped the footage, told MailOnline: ‘We had been watching the airshow and on the Friday decided to go down and view it from the beach.

Mr Blocksidge starts filming to see the parachute jump. With the team supposed to be landing in the sea

Mr Blocksidge starts filming to see the parachute jump. With the team supposed to be landing in the sea

Mr Blocksidge starts filming to see the parachute jump. With the team supposed to be landing in the sea

He spots the parachutist who appears to have lost control and is spiraling through the air

He spots the parachutist who appears to have lost control and is spiraling through the air

He spots the parachutist who appears to have lost control and is spiraling through the air

The individual falls to the ground, but surprisingly is not badly injured by the dramatic fall

The individual falls to the ground, but surprisingly is not badly injured by the dramatic fall

The individual falls to the ground, but surprisingly is not badly injured by the dramatic fall

‘The parachute team were jumping even though it was very breezy on Friday, especially for people jumping out of a plane.

‘I noticed a guy was in trouble and spiraling down. I have done some parachuting myself and know those winds were really strong.

‘We went over there when he landed to see if he wanted help, but a number of people were already caring for him and we weren’t allowed to get any closer.’

The 35-year-old from Tredegar, Wales, who was visiting the show with his family added: ‘When I saw him coming down I thought ‘that’s not good’ and I expected him to have broken bones.

‘But I have since found out he was not badly hurt, so that’s good. 

‘Given the speed he was coming down I expected he would have worse injuries.’ 

A spokesman from The Tigers Army Parachute Display Team told The Sun: ‘The Tigers Army Parachute Display Team are pleased to announce that the team member who landed to the eastern edge of the drop zone has suffered only minor grazes and is receiving a precautionary medical assessment.

‘The Tigers would like to thank the police and St Johns Ambulance Service who co-ordinated a fast response to the incident.’

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