One of Britains leading wine merchants, Patrick Sandeman, plummeted to his death after his parachute became tangled with another just as he was about to land
One of Britain’s leading wine merchants, Patrick Sandeman, plummeted to his death after his parachute became tangled with another just as he was about to land.
The 53-year-old father of three, an experienced jumper, plunged 50ft to the ground before dozens of horrified onlookers on Saturday afternoon. Paramedics made frantic efforts to save him but he died at the scene.
The second parachutist, a Frenchman aged 28, was taken to hospital after breaking his legs and damaging his spine in the accident at Sibson Aerodrome, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
Friends and colleagues said Mr Sandeman, a father of three from Putney, south west London, was a hugely respected figure in the wine industry – and a member of the Sandeman family of port and sherry fame.
Last night tributes were paid to Mr Sandeman, co-owner of Lea and Sandeman’s wine merchants, with friends describing him as ‘charming’, ‘talented’ and ‘an inspiration’.
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