Thursday, April 27, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Skydiver Dies After Whitsunday Hard Landing

The experienced skydiver involved in an accident in the Whitsundays over a week ago has died in hospital from his injuries.

Douglas Ball, 52, was completing a solo dive amongst a group of people when he sustained critical injuries after a “hard landing” at Laguna Quays, north of Mackay.

After sustaining the injuries on April 16, Mr Ball was first flown to Mackay Base Hospital before being transferred to Princess Alexandra Hospital, in Brisbane, where he died from his injuries.

Police said initial investigations suggest Mr Ball’s parachute opened correctly. Mr Ball was an extraordinarily experienced skydiver, according to Police, who said he had completed more than 1,000 jumps.

Friends expressed their sympathies in losing a “bloody awesome human being”.

“It was a gift to know you mate free Fallin Blue sky’s never ending,” one friend said. “Life already doesn’t feel the same without you.”

52-year-old Douglas Ball has died in hospital from injuries sustained in a skydiving accident on April 16 north of Mackay

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