By Jorge Hallare
LEGAZPI CITY, 11April2016 — A member of the Army Skydiving Team broke his left arm and suffered body injuries after he dived on the concrete pool side instead of the oval field during the opening Sunday afternoon of the Palarong Pambansa 2016 at the Bicol University compound.
Rushed to the nearby Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital was Staff Sgt. Alfred Lucas of the 9th Division of the Philippine Army based in Pili, Camarines Sur.
Lucas was part of the four-man team that was supposed to go down via parachute during the grand opening of the Palarong Pambansa at about 4 p.m. at the Albay Provincial Sports Complex inside the Bicol University Compound University.
While his three other companions successfully landed, Lucas’ parachute was carried by strong wind to the concrete edge of the swimming pool behind the old grandstand, fracturing his left hand.
He then fell into the pool, which could have claimed his life had rescuers fail to save him on time.
Staff Sgt. Napoleon Sevilla of the Philippine Army Special Operational Command blamed the strong wind for Lucas’ failure to land on the oval track. (PNA)