Skydivers died from blunt trauma

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 30, 2013 at 10:12 am •  Published: March 30, 2013
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ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) — A skydiving instructor and another man died from blunt trauma during a jump in Pasco County, a medical examiner's report said.

The report released Friday detailed the extent of injuries Orvar Arnarson, 41, and Andrimar Pordarson, 25, sustained on March 23rd after jumping separately, not in tandem. They had successfully completed two jumps earlier that day with 20 other people. The two Icelandic skydivers did not return from their third jump, triggering an hours-long air and ground search around the Zephyrhills facility, about 30 miles northeast of Tampa. The bodies were discovered later that evening in the woods.

The deaths were ruled an accident, but the medical examiner's office said a toxicology report had not yet been completed.

Footage from a helmet camera worn by Arnarson, the skydiving instructor, showed that he was trying to help Podarson just before they both died. Arnarson's camera showed him trying to pull the cord on Andrimar Pordarson's parachute, authorities said. It wasn't clear why the student couldn't pull the cord himself.