Soldier lands safely after skydive instructor dies

CHESTER, S.C. (AP) - A Georgia-based soldier says his military
training helped him land safely on his first skydiving jump after
the instructor strapped to his back died from an apparent heart
attack.

Daniel Pharr says he knew something was wrong when George Steele
stopped answering his questions after their parachute deployed
Saturday afternoon above South Carolina. They jumped from 13,500
feet.

Pharr says he didn't panic because of his Army training, and he
knew from watching television to use the parachute toggles to
steer.

The 25-year-old, stationed at Fort Gordon, Ga., says the
nonmilitary jump was a Christmas gift from his girlfriend.

Pharr says he tried unsuccessfully to revive Steele with CPR
when they landed.


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