Woman, instructor die in Utah skydiving accident – East Idaho News – East Idaho News


0  Updated at 9:08 am, August 12th, 2017 By: Carter Williams, KSL.com

NEPHI, Utah — A Tooele woman and her instructor died after their parachutes apparently did not open during a skydiving jump Thursday evening, police said.

Authorities said Wendi Gabaldon, 41, of Tooele, and skydiving instructor Serena Whelchel, 35, of California, died in the accident.

Emergency crews responded to a report of the accident near the Nephi Municipal Airport shortly before 7:20 p.m., Nephi Police Chief Michael Morgan told KSL.com.

Morgan said the skydivers jumped from a Cessna 182 plane owned by Skydive the Wasatch based in Nephi. The women were performing a recreational tandem jump when their parachutes apparently failed, he added.

The women were taken to Central Valley Medical Center where they died from injuries suffered from the…

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