DeLand cops: Skydiver injured in 'hard fall' flown to Halifax Hospital in Daytona with head and leg injuries

Paravchutist injured in hard fall at DeLand Airport / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
An unconscious, Matthew Serwanski, is tended to by emergency personnel after a parachute jump at DeLand Airport resulted in a rough landing.

DELAND, Fla. -- A 27-year-old sky diver suffered injuries to his head and legs during what was decribed as a "hard fall" Monday morning at DeLand airport, municipal cops said.

The injured jumper in the 11 a.m. incident that brought out police and firefighters was identified as Matthew Serwanski of DeLand.

"The initial information is that Mr. Serwanski made a hard landing and suffered a head injury and injuries to his legs," DeLand PD Sgt. Chris Estes told Headline Surfer®. "He was flown to Halifax in Daytona for treatment."

Two sky divers have died in separate jumps so far this year at the airport where Skydive DeLand is located.

"The initial information is that Mr. Serwanski made a hard landing and suffered a head injury and injuries to his legs," DeLand PD Sgt. Chris Estes told Headline Surfer®. "He was flown to Halifax in Daytona for treatment."

A detective has been assigned, which is normal procedure in these cases, Estes said, but added, "It doesn’t appear to be anything more than an unfortunate accident."

Authorities were alerted by a woman who called 9-1-1, and according to a transcript of the call, said in part: “(There's) a jumper who’s unconscious. He was doing a jump." Rescue personnel found the victim unconscious on the north side of the airfield.

Navy Seal William Blake killed in parachute accient in DeLand, FL, in Jn 2015 / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
Navy Seal William Blake, shown here, was among two skydivers killed in separate accidents earlier this year while jumping from planes over DeLand Airport.
 

Two sky divers have died in separate jumps so far this year at the airport where Skydive DeLand is located.

• In April, Jessica Edgeington, 33, an instructor who trained members of the military, was kille when she ollided with another jumper.

• In January, 31-year-old Navy Seal William Blake died during parachute training when something flew off his parachute as he was in free fall between 40 to 60 feet above ground, a witness told police at the time.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.