Indian River County skydiver hits power line, survives with just burns

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. - A skydiver is recovering after hitting a power line this morning at 7865 126th street, in Indian River County.

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office identified him as 28-year-old Rafael Ramirez, an experienced skydiver at Skydive Sebastian.

The sheriff’s office says he jumped from 13,000 feet, and pulled his parachute around 4,000 feet. Officials say around that time, he experienced an unexpected gust of wind that threw him off course.

Deputies say he searched for a safe place to land, but made a miscalculation causing him to become tangled in the power lines.

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Ramirez cut himself out of his gear and dropped to the ground, deputies say. 

He was not shocked, but has some burns from hitting the wire.

He refused treatment at the scene.

Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said in a statement, "Indian River County is a known for its skydive tourism. Thousands of safe jumps happen here every year. We are glad Mr. Ramirez was able to land safely and that we could help him today.

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