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Parachutist’s last jump

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A skydiver participating in a celebration of one of the tallest bridges in the U.S. plunged to his death last week when his parachute failed to open in time. Brian Lee Schubert was one of about 400 parachutists who jumped into the shallow, rocky waters of the New River from the 876-foot-high New River Gorge Bridge, as part of the annual Bridge Day festival. With about 100,000 spectators looking on, Schubert’s parachute didn’t open until he was about 25 feet above the water. After his body was removed from the river, parachutists resumed jumping from the bridge.

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