• Short Summary

    A HIGH-DIVING PARACHUTIST WAS RUSHED CRITICALLY ILL TO A SPECIAL HOSPITAL YESTERDAY (MONDAY) AFTER HIS PRESSURE SUIT SPRANG A LEAK IN THE RATIFIED ATMOSPHERE 11 MILES (17 KILOMETRES) ABOVE THE EARTH.

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    PARACHUTIST IN GONDOLA OF HIS BALLOON; TAKING OFF; AMBULANCE TAKING HIM TO HOSPITAL; WIFE WATCHES AS DOCTORS GIVE HIM TREATMENT.




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    Background: A HIGH-DIVING PARACHUTIST WAS RUSHED CRITICALLY ILL TO A SPECIAL HOSPITAL YESTERDAY (MONDAY) AFTER HIS PRESSURE SUIT SPRANG A LEAK IN THE RATIFIED ATMOSPHERE 11 MILES (17 KILOMETRES) ABOVE THE EARTH. THE ATTEMPT TO SAVE THE LIFE OF 33-YEAR-OLD AMERICAN NICK PIANTANIDA BEGAN ON SUNDAY AFTER SUDDEN OXYGEN STARVATION CUT SHORT HIS ATTEMPT AT SIOUX FALLS TO BREAK THE WORLD RECORD WITH A FREE FALL JUMP FROM 22 MILES (35 KILOMETRES) AND SENT HIM PARACHUTING BACK TO EARTH UNCONSCIOUS.

    GROUND TECHNICIANS SAID THAT AS PIANTANIDA ASCENDED THEY HEARD A SHARP CRACK, THEN A GASP AND THE PARACHUTIST'S CRY OF "EMERGENCY, EMERGENCY." A RADIO SIGNAL DETACHED THE GONDOLA FROM THE STILL-RISING BALLOON AND THE UNCONSCIOUS PIANTANIDA SWUNG DOWN IN A PARACHUTE. TECHNICIANS SAID A SEAL AROUND THE HELMET FACE PLATE OF THE PARACHUTIST'S PRESSURE SUIT APPEARED TO HAVE BURST.

    PIANTANIDA SUFFERED BRAIN DAMAGE AND A SEVERE CASE OF "BENDS" DUE TO THE RAPID CHANGE IN PRESSURE DURING HIS DESCENT. ON MONDAY PIANTANIDA, STILL IN CRITICAL CONDITION, WAS TRANSFERRED TO A SPECIAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT IN AN OXYGEN PRESSURE CHAMBER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE1F8TDLQLDQGK68896DVMO2FI
    Media URN:
    VLVAE1F8TDLQLDQGK68896DVMO2FI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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