Red-faced airman gives thumbs-up after splashing into sea with fellow RAF parachutist… while rest of Falcons crew land on solid ground in daring display
- The two servicemen made their landing in front of thousands of holiday-makers at Lyme Regis, Dorset
- Another jumper also failed to hit the beach during the display by the RAF’s elite Falcons parachute team
- All three were part of a ten-strong Falcons’ parachute team which had jumped 3,500ft from a Dornier aircraft
This is the moment two of the RAF’s crack parachutists were left red-faced – after landing in the sea during an aerial display.
The death defying duo were left soaked to the skin after landing in the sea rather than on a nearby sandy beach.
The two servicemen made their impromptu landing in front of thousands of holiday-makers at Lyme Regis, Dorset, this afternoon.
Red-faced RAF parachutists from elite Falcons display team hit the water instead of landing on dry land in Lyme Regis, Dorset
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The pair managed to laugh off their ordeal after plunging into the water beside a group of bemused kayakers.
Another jumper also failed to hit the beach during the display by the RAF’s elite Falcons parachute display team.
He landed on the nearby harbour wall. All divers were unhurt.
All three were part of a ten-strong Falcons’ parachute team which had jumped 3,500ft from a Dornier aircraft above the seaside resort.
The two fallers were unhurt by the incident and able to drag their chutes to the beach where one gave the thumbs up (right)
The display was among of series of events including wing-walking and a fireworks display arranged as part of Lyme Regis community week.
One day-tripper said: ‘It was quite amusing to see them drop in the sea.
‘Even they seemed to see the funny side of things.
The show seemed to start well with the experienced parachuters in formation before two plunged into the water
A third performer from the Falcons team was left red-faced as he ended up on a harbour wall instead of on the beach
The two divers who hit the water were left drenched. Onlookers described their failure to hit dry land as ‘quite amusing’
‘They weren’t in any danger at all, but it probably wasn’t going to be one of their best ever displays.’
The Falcons – based at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire – are regarded as one of the world’s most elite military parachute teams.
The Falcons stepped in to save the day when the Red Arrows, the acrobatic display team of the RAF, couldn’t perform.
The Falcons – based at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire – are regarded as one of the world’s most elite military parachute teams
The Falcons stepped in to save the day when the Red Arrows, the acrobatic display team of the RAF, couldn’t perform
The RAF had set aside the date for ‘engineering works’ on their fleet of jets, leaving the Lyme Regis Community Week main event in limbo.
It was the first time in 40 years the Dorset town was left without the Arrows on the busiest day of their year.
For the past two years, local fundraising has ensured the Red Arrows have continued to visit Lyme Regis after it was announced the team could no longer provide a display free-of-charge.
Backed by Lyme Regis Town Council, Red Arrows’ day has raised thousands of pounds for charities in Lyme Regis and Charmouth, as well as helping to fund the following year’s display.
Cllr Cheryl Reynolds, chairman of the town council’s Tourism, Community and Publicity Committee, said: ‘Although a display by the Red Arrows is never guaranteed, it is very disappointing the team will not be visiting Lyme Regis this year.
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