Joburg teacher injured in skydive

2013-02-25 10:39

Johannesburg - A young teacher from Johannesburg is in a critical condition in hospital, after a skydiving accident near Carletonville, Beeld reported on Monday.

Mariette Loubser, 25, from Winchester Hills, in the south of Johannesburg, did a static line jump from 3 600 feet (1 097.28m) with the Johannesburg Skydiving Club (JSC) on Saturday, which was her second skydiving attempt.

"She did a very good jump from the plane," said Eugene Potgieter, the club chairperson.
"After her parachute opened, it began to spin."

Loubser tore her left lung in two places, broke eight ribs, fractured her pelvis in two places, and cracked her left leg. She also cracked vertebrae in her neck and back, and suffered bleeding on the brain.

She was rushed to the Milpark Hospital by helicopter, where emergency surgery was carried out.

Gert Loubser, Mariette's father, said he was very concerned about the lack of emergency assistance available at the landing site.

"The club should have been able to help her immediately, it was terrible to have to wait," he said.

According to Gert Loubser, the family had to wait 30 minutes for assistance.

  • franscois.botha - 2013-02-25 10:55

    Get well soon

  • fanie.viljoen.73 - 2013-02-25 10:57

    Hope she gets well soon.

  • Dumisani Digger Mthembu - 2013-02-25 10:58

    Speedy recovery to her.

  • theo.steenekamp - 2013-02-25 10:59


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  • thabs01 - 2013-02-25 10:59

    and here was wanting to go try it out....

      greg.quinn.353 - 2013-02-25 11:11

      Thabs it is generally very safe. Do a tandem and you have an experienced instructor in control while you enjoy the jump. Static line - which is what this lady did, is a jump by yourself after a morning's training, not for the faint of heart and there is more room for error.

  • hoenderma.neek - 2013-02-25 10:59

    Very lucky to be alive you must be blessed - I hope you make a full recovery!

  • karen.t.hawkey - 2013-02-25 11:02

    Such a tragic story! Thoughts and prayers are with you Mariette, may you heal quickly and may your pain be well managed. God Bless you! Dad Gert .... i agree that help should have been available. May God give you strength to help your daughter through this xx

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2013-02-25 11:25

    Another Adrenalin junkie experiences the intricacies of the bounce

      daan.phalaborwa - 2013-02-25 12:39

      Hi, in skydiving lingo, a bounce is a fall to your death.

      mokgadi.mahloborakgoale - 2013-02-25 13:06

      Not funny!!!

      Dean Benson - 2013-02-27 08:40

      You heartless twot! The thrill of skydiving is something different to everyday life. The canopy ride amoungst the clouds is beautiful. This lady was merely unlucky, and I wish her all the best in the road to recovery.

  • Hemlock - 2013-02-25 11:26

    Wishing her a full and speedy recovery xx

  • bradley.mccallpeat - 2013-02-25 11:45

    Last month a friend and I booked to do tandem skydives with Johannesburg Skydiving Club in Carltonville for Saturday. Earlier in the week Jumpmaster Kevin Owen contacted me to say they were overbooked and would be unable to accomodate us as scheduled. When I explained that we had in fact booked a month in advance and that was unacceptable he said he would make a plan to do the jump early in the morning. Then on friday he called me again to say the plane was down for repairs this weekend. Now I see this article.... Needless to say I will NOT be rescheduling my jumps with this club!! I hope this unfortunate woman has a speedy recovery!!

      SkyMarkyMarkD - 2013-02-25 20:40

      To Mariette, I wish you a speedy and full recovery. @Brad. The clubs plane needed some unexpected repairs and therefore jumping this weekend was cancelled. At the last minute a replacement plane was organised. The replacement plane is smaller and does not have the capacity of the usual plane. Which is why your jump was probably cancelled. I guess priority was given to students. P.S. I do not work at JSC, just jump there.

  • daan.phalaborwa - 2013-02-25 12:36

    Accidents will happen in any sport. Skydiving is very safe, and the instructors are excellent. I am sure the investigation will show that the student did something wrong along the line. Anyway, it is an unfortunate incident. Please do not crucify the club before all facts are known. May the young lady have a speedy recovery!!

  • john.tex.395 - 2013-02-25 14:09

    Like I said its safer to muff dive every body should do it

  • sean.peens.7 - 2013-02-25 18:11

    To everyone that is discrediting the JSC, please refrain from doing so as there is no need for it. i had booked in advance for my sky dive as well and even though i was informed that their regular plane was down for repairs they had another smaller plane and times for jumps were changed, accept it nothing in life is perfect! myself and my family were there on the day that the young lady had the accident and before she was even close to the ground 3 of the club members were already running to her and one had already called for medical help, it was about 15 maybe 20 min before the first ambulance got to the landing site, in total there were 4 ambulances that made teir way to the club and assisted the young lady. as per the medics on site they had her stable and ready for the hellicopter. you dont see me complaining due to the fact that i had to jump early and come down with spped due to the landing area being used to land the hellicopter to assist the young lady. things happen in extreme sports it may be good or bad but it is out of our control. so to the young lady mariette, i hope you have a speedy recovery and that you do find the courage to jump again! to the rest that are bad mouthing the club rather keep your thoughts to yourself!

  • sam.letsoalo.378 - 2013-02-27 07:41

    only if you believe in god not jesus,you 'll get well soon

  • Dean Benson - 2013-02-27 08:52

    To family and friends, sorry to hear about this. How is she doing? I'm hoping that each day you receive good news and that one day she can perhaps get back on that horse. Skydiving is a safe sport with a risk factor! I have had a few scares and each time had to follow my training, as I started as a static line student as well. Well I hope she makes a recorvery. No doubt there will be some sort of investigation as to the what went wrong and whether or not the correct actions where taken. I have mine but mine aren't important nobodies are, what is important she that the young lady gets better. Dean sa skydiver

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