Skydiver dies after landing in the Matanuska River

Published: Jun. 23, 2018 at 8:08 PM AKDT
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A skydiver has died after landing in the Matanuska River Friday afternoon while participating in an annual skydiving event in Palmer.

Claudia Blydenburgh, a manifest clerk with the Alaska Skydiving Center, says the skydiver was spotted drifting away from the landing zone. Realizing something was wrong, Blydenburgh says store owner Shannon Jardine flew up and parachuted down to try and rescue the man.

Blydenburgh describes that Jardine saw a parachute in the river and managed to pull the man into a side channel of the river and attempt CPR.

The skydiver however died.

Blydenburgh says this is the first death for participants in the Alaska Summer Solstice Boogie and possibly the first skydiving death in the state.

According to Blydenburgh, a preliminary report from the coroner, said that the skydiver died in part due to a medical issue and not from the jump itself.