Skydiving instructor killed in crash remembered as 'a wonderful man'

An experienced skydiving instructor from Mildura has been hailed a hero after he bore the brunt of a crash, which ultimately saved the life of his tandem passenger.

Skydiving instructor killed in crash remembered as 'a wonderful man'

An experienced skydiving instructor from Mildura has been hailed a hero after he bore the brunt of a crash, which ultimately saved the life of his tandem passenger.

Arron Toepfer was killed when his parachute malfunctioned during a tandem skydive in Torquay yesterday afternoon.

The 35-year-old's colleagues described him as a "wonderful man" and said his friends described him as "someone that people simply wanted to be around".

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They said the highly-trained and highly-skilled instructor jumped between six to 10 times a week.

The tandem passenger, a man in his 50s, was flown to The Alfred hospital with a broken leg.

He is currently in a stable condition.

Police said the pair were doing a tandem jump when they "got into difficulty" and came crashing down to land in a paddock on Fischer Street in Torquay about 12.30pm on Friday.

Co-owner and Chief Instructor of Australian Skydive Ralph Hamilton-Presgrave told 9News both of the pair's parachutes failed to open, causing them to plunge to the ground.

Mr Presgrave said the instructor copped the brunt of the fall in an attempt to protect his passenger.

"They did their freefall, they opened their parachute, the main parachute hasn't opened correctly," he said.

"They've elected to use their second parachute and ran into difficulties.

"The instructor has taken the brunt of the fall of the landing and put himself in jeopardy to try and minimise the passenger's injuries."

Mr Presgrave said the instructor was "very experienced" and "definitely capable of doing everything he had to do".

"The actual parachute malfunctioned and that's why we always carry two. In this instant, both parachutes haven't opened correctly.

"I don't know how and I don't know why. It will be investigated fully."

Sergeant Peter Christo from Torquay Police said paramedics worked on the instructor, aged in his mid-30s, for about 20 minutes before he took a "downward turn" and died at the scene.

"Unfortunately there was a parachuting incident where a parachute failed to open up," he said.

"Once the parachute didn't open, there were emergency attempts made to open up the chute and unfortunately, couldn't open the chute.

"As a result of that, we have a deceased male. I believe the instructor may have cushioned a lot of the blow for the client."

Police will prepare a report for the coroner and investigate the crash alongside the Australian Parachute Federation and WorkSafe.

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his new wife Carrie Johnson are expecting their second child, announcing the news two months after their wedding.

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"Hoping for our rainbow baby this Christmas," the 33-year-old began in the caption, alongside a photo of a Christmas tree bauble in the shape of a pram.

Mrs Johnson said the pregnancy loss earlier this year left her "heartbroken" but she hopes sharing the news can give comfort to others going through similar circumstances.

"At the beginning of the year, I had a miscarriage which left me heartbroken," she wrote.

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"Fertility issues can be really hard for many people, particularly when on platforms like Instagram it can look like everything is only ever going well.

"I found it a real comfort to hear from people who had also experienced loss so I hope that in some very small way sharing this might help others too."

The couple, who wed in an intimate ceremony at Westminster Cathedral in London in May, are parents to 16-month-old son Wilfred, who was born in April 2020.

Mr Johnson, 56, is the first British prime minister to marry in office since Lord Liverpool in 1822.

He also became one of just four leaders to welcome a newborn while serving at No.10 in 150 years, following in the footsteps of David Cameron, Tony Blair and Lord Russell.

The new bub will be Carrie's second and Boris's seventh - the prime minister has four children with his second wife Marina Wheeler and has fathered at least one child outside of his marriages, according to Associated Press.

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