EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPaintsville Man Injured, Instructor Killed In Skydiving Accident
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Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 6, 2013 11:16 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 6, 2013 11:21 AM EDT
A Kentucky man remains hospitalized in critical condition in a Mississippi hospital Tuesday after being injured in a tandem jump that left a skydiving instructor dead.
The man has been identified as David Meek, 26, of Paintsville, Ky. Lamar County, Miss., Sheriff Danny Rigel said Meek has spinal and other injuries.
Rigel said three other skydivers who jumped with them told investigators that equipment appeared to malfunction Saturday morning.
Meeks and James "Jimmie" Horak Jr. were finally located about 3:30 p.m. about a mile from the airport in a swamp, remote area near Lumberton, Miss.
Horak, 56, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Horak was an instructor for the Emerald Coast Skydiving Center in Elberta, Ala.
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