Through a stroke of luck an English skydiver has survived a 1,800 fall, without a parachute, onto a snow-covered mountain in Russia, Russian website NewsRu.com reports.
James Boole, 31 years old from Tamworth, was shooting a documentary film about a fellow skydiver during the jump and was supposed to pull his parachute at a given signal from his friend. But his partner failed to signal on time and Boole hurtled into a snow-covered mountain at a speed of 160 kilometers per hour (100 miles per hour).
Boole, who has one child, injured his back and broke several ribs in the fall. He also punctured a lung and lost twelve teeth. But despite this he is supremely happy that escaped death.
“It was like some big…big truck knocked me down. I was screaming with pain and coughing blood.” James Boole said.
“Honestly, I was praying and thinking about telling someone my last words.” He added.
But Russian doctors were able to treat him in time. James Boole is currently recuperating in a Moscow clinics, where the doctors say his condition is stable.
“He is on the mend now. Actually, he looks like the happiest man in the world.” A spokesman for the clinic said.
Mr Boole, a mechanical engineer by training, has been parachuting for 12 years and has completed more than 2,000 jumps.
As an aerial cameraman, his work has been featured on the BBC's Top Gear program.