That is the second two of the RAF’s crack parachutists had been left red-faced – after touchdown within the sea throughout an aerial show.
The demise defying duo had been left soaked to the pores and skin after touchdown within the sea relatively than on a close-by sandy seashore.
The 2 servicemen made their impromptu touchdown in entrance of 1000’s of holiday-makers at Lyme Regis, Dorset, this afternoon.
Purple-faced RAF parachutists from elite Falcons show group hit the water as a substitute of touchdown on dry land in Lyme Regis, Dorset
The pair managed to chuckle off their ordeal after plunging into the water beside a bunch of bemused kayakers.
One other jumper additionally didn’t hit the seashore in the course of the show by the RAF’s elite Falcons parachute show group.
He landed on the close by harbour wall. All divers had been unharmed.
All three had been a part of a ten-strong Falcons’ parachute group which had jumped 3,500ft from a Dornier plane above the seaside resort.
The 2 fallers had been unharmed by the incident and capable of drag their chutes to the seashore the place one gave the thumbs up (proper)
The show was amongst of sequence of occasions together with wing-walking and a fireworks show organized as a part of Lyme Regis group week.
Someday-tripper mentioned: ‘It was fairly amusing to see them drop within the sea.
‘Even they appeared to see the humorous aspect of issues.
The present appeared to start out properly with the skilled parachuters in formation earlier than two plunged into the water
A 3rd performer from the Falcons group was left red-faced as he ended up on a harbour wall as a substitute of on the seashore
The 2 divers who hit the water had been left drenched. Onlookers described their failure to hit dry land as ‘fairly amusing’
‘They weren’t in any hazard in any respect, but it surely in all probability wasn’t going to be one in every of their greatest ever shows.’
The Falcons – based mostly at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire – are thought to be one of many world’s most elite army parachute groups.
The Falcons stepped in to avoid wasting the day when the Purple Arrows, the acrobatic show group of the RAF, could not carry out.
The Falcons – based mostly at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire – are thought to be one of many world’s most elite army parachute groups
The Falcons stepped in to avoid wasting the day when the Purple Arrows, the acrobatic show group of the RAF, could not carry out
The RAF had put aside the date for ‘engineering works’ on their fleet of jets, leaving the Lyme Regis Neighborhood Week major occasion in limbo.
It was the primary time in 40 years the Dorset city was left with out the Arrows on the busiest day of their yr.
For the previous two years, native fundraising has ensured the Purple Arrows have continued to go to Lyme Regis after it was introduced the group might not present a show free-of-charge.
Backed by Lyme Regis City Council, Purple Arrows’ day has raised 1000’s of kilos for charities in Lyme Regis and Charmouth, in addition to serving to to fund the next yr’s show.
Cllr Cheryl Reynolds, chairman of the city council’s Tourism, Neighborhood and Publicity Committee, mentioned: ‘Though a show by the Purple Arrows is rarely assured, it is vitally disappointing the group won’t be visiting Lyme Regis this yr.