Beginner's luck

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A 22-year-old novice skydiver escaped with a cut over the eye after his main and reserve parachutes got tangled and he plunged 1,100 metres into a duck pond, Reuter reports from Napier, New Zealand. Klint Freemantle said he realised he would probably hit the pond, which was only a metre deep. 'I just leaned back and undid my harness. If I was going to survive by hitting the water, there was no way I was going to drown.'