Woman OK after parachute accident

GARRISON WELLS Updated: December 8, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: December 8, 2012

A 26-year-old Colorado Springs woman is in stable condition at Penrose Hospital after she lost control of her parachute and landed in a ravine a half mile from the spot she was supposed to land.

The woman, Erika Shields, was wearing a helmet when she landed in the ravine at about 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the Fremont County Sheriff’s office. Shields had successfully jumped seven times before.

Witness said two instructors from High Sky Adventures jumped from the same airplane, but were unable to help Shields, who struggled to find the steering control and drifted off course after her parachute opened fully, the sheriff's office said in a press release.

Shields was conscious when rescuers reached her. She suffered cuts and other less serious injuries.

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