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Man killed in skydiving accident in South Carolina

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CHESTER, S.C. — The family of a man who died while skydiving in South Carolina said he was an experienced skydiver with more than 400 jumps, according to WSOC.

Rescue dogs discovered the body of Bond Springer, 32, of Boca Raton, Florida Sunday morning, officials said.

Authorities said Springer was executing an advanced wing-suit maneuver when he collided with another jumper Saturday evening. The 14,000-foot jump was reportedly one of the last of the evening during an annual festival held at Skydive Carolina in Chester, South Carolina.

It’s unclear what led up to the men colliding midair.

One of the men, Avalon Wolf, broke a leg while landing, but Springer; could not immediately be found.

“We knew he would probably be hurt so we were planning on coming up there (SC) but this is a different coming home now,” said Springer’s mother over the phone.

Officials said severe thunderstorms Saturday night forced them to suspend the search.

“We did search the area as thoroughly as we could but because of the storms and severe weather and dense underbrush we needed a dog team in there,” said Ed Darby, who is the deputy director of Chester County Emergency Management.

The search resumed around 7 a.m. Sunday and within two hours search dogs found Springer’s body. Darby said he was in a wooded area about a mile from the landing site. He added Springer’s parachute hadn’t been deployed.

Read full story: WSOC

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