Skydiving Teacher Killed In Tandem Jump

LUMBERTON, Miss. (AP) — A skydiving instructor from Pensacola, Fla., died in a remote swamp after a tandem jump that hospitalized his student, Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said Sunday.

James “Jimmie” Horak Jr., 56, an instructor for the Emerald Coast Skydiving Center in Elberta, Ala., died Saturday in a swamp about a mile from the airport in Lumberton, Miss. He was safety-conscious and had made more than 8,000 dives, said his wife, Debbie Horak.

Rigel said he could not identify the student but believes the man was from outside Mississippi.

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