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By Ben Walley 


A skydiver was sent in an out of control ‘death spin’ during a jump causing the lines on his parachute to become tangled.

Tegan Van Zyl, 27, a chemical engineer from Durban, South Africa, was taking part in a skydive back in August, when a bad exit from the plane at around 13,000 feet sent him spiraling to the ground.

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Tegan said: “I had a bad exit, lost control and went into a really bad spin.

“I had really bad line twists on my parachute because I deployed in the spin, I had to fight my way out of them.

“Just after my parachute opened it take me a while to recover and compose myself before beginning to fight the line twists.

Despite all of his experience and completing over 700 skydives, Tegan was unable to stop himself spinning and was close to fainting when he decided to open his shoot.

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He said: “I wasn’t able to get out of spin even after trying everything that I was taught, I decided to deploy my parachute when I started to black out.

“There was no time to be scared during the ordeal, I was in complete survival mode.

“I do remember thinking to myself mid-spin, ‘how did I get myself into this mess?’.

“You have to make all the right decisions, not much time to think of anything else, It’s like time slows down and it felt like the spinning lasted forever.

“When I landed I was completely exhausted and in need of a beer.