Derby

Veteran Christopher Carroll's skydive death 'accident'

  • 25 June 2014
  • From the section Derby

An ex-member of the Parachute Regiment was killed when he misjudged a landing on a Gambian beach, an inquest heard.

Falklands War veteran Christopher Carroll, from Derbyshire, suffered a fractured spine and punctured lung during the holiday in November 2013.

No faults were found with the 54-year-old's equipment and he was an experienced skydiver.

Peter Bedford, senior coroner for Berkshire, recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Mr Carroll, of Etwall, who had completed about 4,000 jumps, missed the target landing area.

Post-mortem examinations, carried out in Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital in Banjul and in Reading, found he had suffered broken ribs, punctured lungs, a fractured spine and hip and had also suffered from shock.

No faults were found with his gear and Mr Carroll had no medical conditions that could have caused him to crash, the inquest heard.

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