Skydiver killed in San Diego County jump

July 30, 2014 - 9:34 PM

JAMUL, Calif. (AP) — A skydiver who plunged to his death in San Diego County had three decades of parachuting experience and was wearing an emergency safety device — but authorities say it was turned off.

U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/UMrzxP ) says the man died when his parachute failed to open during a jump about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday near the Otay Lakes.

His name wasn't released.

Authorities say the skydiver was equipped with a device that automatically deploys a parachute in an emergency, but it was turned off.

Buzz Fink, who owns Skydive San Diego, says the 53-year-old had logged more than 10,000 jumps and was considered a mentor to other skydivers.

Fink says the man worked as a handyman and is survived by a teenage son.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com