TAMPA, Fla. -- A skydiver in Florida is lucky to be alive after colliding with another man in mid-air last week.
The collision, which was captured on a Go-Pro video, happened about five seconds after both skydivers jumped from the plane more than 14,000 feet in the air.
“I feel very fortunate to be alive,” Sebastian Leal, 23, told WFTS.
Leal said he only remembers jumping out of the plane and waking up on the ground in pain.
He fractured four vertebrae after hitting power lines on the way down.
Leal said he landed a little more than three miles from his drop zone and is now paralyzed from the waist down.
Despite his injuries, Leal said he is just thankful to be alive.
“I am very thankful to the person who reacted as quickly as they did and called the police. They saved my life," Leal told WFTS.
Leal said he hopes paralysis won't stop him from skydiving.
“There are other skydivers who have been handicapped and who have been able to get back on their wingsuits, which is inspiring to me," he said. "And I hope that I serve as an inspiration for others as well."