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At approximately 1045 hours EST, on 5 September, 1971, a parachutist landed in the sea close to Mackenzie's Point, following a free fall type descent from 10, 000 feet. Rescue attempts were made but the parachutist was lost beneath the surface, in rough water, for several minutes and was subsequently pulled ashore at Bondi Beach in an unconscious state. Following resuscitation attempts the parachutist was admitted to hospital, where she died several days later on 11 September without regaining consciousness.
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General details
Date: 05 September 1971 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1045 EST  
Location   (show map):Bondi Beach Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 12 February 1973 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Britten Norman 
Aircraft model: BN2A 
Aircraft registration: VH-BNN 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Sydney
Departure time:1010 EST
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Last update 13 May 2014