A skydiving instructor in Central Texas who lost a shoe during a stunt retrieved the flying footwear after it bounced off his chest and before either reached the ground.
Shelby Palmer told KXXV-TV that he was glad to catch the left shoe that was part of a pair he borrowed from another skydiver. Nobody was hurt in the September jump.
Palmer works for Skydive Temple in Salado. He and Christopher Elder decided to do a stunt in which one person holds on to another for a time — then lets go.
Elder let go of Palmer sooner than planned, knocking off the instructor's shoe.
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Palmer worked his turn and descent rate to reach the shoe, which he grabbed and put on before reaching the ground.
Both skydivers safely landed.