Man, 50, dies in Zephyrhills skydiving accident


Published: Monday, August 25, 2014 at 8:26 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 25, 2014 at 8:26 a.m.

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. — An experienced skydiver from Tampa has died in a landing accident at Skydive City in Zephyrhills.

The facility's general manager David "TK" Hayes said in a press release that 50-year-old Keith Murray died Saturday while performing a practice jump with three other skydivers and a videographer.

Hayes said Murray's parachute deployed normally but he appeared to have initiated a turn too low to the ground. He hit a pond at "a very high rate of speed."

Several other skydivers tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead a short time later at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.

Hayes says Murray had completed some 900 jumps at Skydive City and was training to compete at the USPA National Skydiving Championships in Illinois next month.

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