Watch a heroic instructor rescue a skydiver having a mid-air seizure

An instructor saves a skydiver who has a seizure midair
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Jumping out of a plane flying thousands of feet in the air seems scary enough. But one unfortunate skydiver had an even more terrifying time when he suffered a seizure during freefall.

Christopher Jones was skydiving from 12,000 feet in Australia when he was suddenly stricken with a seizure and lost consciousness for 30 seconds. Thankfully, Jones' instructor was able to pull his ripcord around 4,000 feet, and Jones regained consciousness at 3,000 feet and safely landed on the ground. In the video captured by Jones' instructor's helmet cam, Jones can be seen beginning to seize around the 1:15 mark.

"Part of our training is to look after students," Jones' instructor Sheldon McFarlane told The Guardian. He added that if he hadn't been able to reach Jones, his parachute would have automatically deployed. Watch the video of what Jones called the scariest moment of his life, below. —Meghan DeMaria

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