Two Skydivers Missing Since Morning of 3/23/13 after Jumping near Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (Update: Found Deceased, Plummet to their Deaths in Florida)
Two men are missing who were apart of a group of 20 other skydivers that jumped from a plane this morning at 10:30 am on Saturday, March 23, 2013 near Zephyrhills Municipal Airport in Pasco County, Florida. It is unknown whether their parachutes opened or not. Everybody who jumped before and after the pair made it safely to the ground. Two men, one an experienced instructor and the other a student, jumped from the plane, but did not land with the other jumpers.
Pasco County sheriff’s deputies are searching for two skydivers who have been missing since they jumped out of a plane this morning.
The two men, who were with a group of 20 others, jumped at about 10:30 a.m. No one knows if their parachutes opened, authorities said.
Everybody who jumped before and after the pair made it safely to the ground, said T.K. Hayes, co-owner of Skydive City.
ABC Action News reported, Pasco County Sheriff deputies were called and dispatched to assist in the search. Deputies are using their helicopter to aid in the search as well as crews looking on the ground.
Authorities say a skydive instructor and a student who jumped separately have died in Florida.
The skydivers, both men, were part of a jump Saturday in Zephyrhills, about 30 miles northeast of Tampa. Authorities say the plane took off about 10:30 a.m. and 22 people jumped. When only 20 returned, authorities started searching for the missing men.
The bodies were located about 7:30 p.m. in a wooded area south of the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. They were found near each other.