A skydiving instructor has died and the man he jumped with faces life-changing injuries after their parachute malfunctioned mid-dive.
The 30s instructor who has not yet been named was attended to immediately by air ambulance paramedics on the scene, but couldn't be saved.
The horrific incident took place in Torquay, Victoria around 1pm on Friday.
Police said the jump began safely before the pair "got into difficulty" and crash-landed in a nearby paddock.
A statement read: "One person died at the scene while the other has been airlifted to hospital in a critical condition."
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Striking images showed the crumpled parachute lying forlorn on the ground at the Torquay paddock.
The injured man was airlifted to nearby hospital The Alfred for emergency treatment.
Skydive company owner Ralph Hamilton-Presgrave said he doesn't know quite how the tragedy happened.
The Australian Skydive boss told The Age: “[The instructor] is a very experienced jumper, capable of doing everything he had to do. What transpired, I don’t know.
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“It’s not a malfunctioning of the suit, the actual parachute malfunctioned.”
“The tandem jump went well.
"They did their free-fall and the main parachute hasn’t opened correctly.
"They’ve elected to use their second parachute. They ran into difficulties and landed very hard.
“The instructor has taken the brunt of the fall, the landing, and put himself in jeopardy to try and minimise the passenger’s injuries.”
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Ralph didn't comment on the late instructor himself as the family were not yet informed of his untimely death.
He sadly died at the scene, with a coroner's report now being written.
Sky dive school Australian Skydive is based in nearby Breamlea.
Its customers are treated to an adrenaline-fuelled diving experience and world-beating views of the Victoria coast and nearby Melbourne.
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