The area

UPDATE: Surrey firefighter dies in parachute accident

Cal McKibbon, 51, was an active individual who loved life

A Surrey fire captain has died in a parachuting accident in Washington State .

Cal McKibbon, 51, was parachuting near Snohomish Thursday, and witnesses say he had trouble with the main chute and that the backup chute became tangled.

He plunged about 1,200 meters (about 4,000 feet) into the Pilchuk River.

He was rescued from the water by firefighters and transported to a nearby gravel pit, where he was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

He remained there in critical condition and succumbed to his injuries that afternoon.

McKibbon was a student at Skydive Snohomish and was on his second jump of the day. He had undertaken 14 jumps, more than half way to his 23-jump certification.

Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis, who was a friend of McKibbon, was on his way down to Washington Friday.

Deputy Chief John Caviglia said the community is grieving the loss.

“It’s a huge shock to his family and his extended family of firefighters,” Caviglia said.

He was a person who loved life, and was an active individual, Caviglia said, adding it’s too soon to get into too many details about him.

“There will be a time to recognize him for the person he was at a later time, but right now we need to deal with the grieving process.”

McKibbon was a 26-year veteran of the Surrey Fire Department.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is investigating exactly what went wrong with McKibbon’s chute deployment.

@diakiw

 

 

 

Just Posted

White Rock house targeted in 2016 drug raid forfeited to province

Supreme Court proceedings regarding Parker Street property favour director of civil forfeiture

Surrey landlord’s petition to overturn RTB decision fails

Case involved former tenant evicted from basement suite on grounds his landlord needed it for family

SURREY EVENTS: ‘Classic Scary Movie Marathon’ for Halloween, and more

Concerts, plays, fundraisers and other events in our weekly guide for Surrey

Halloween Calendar

Family friendly events happening around Surrey

PHOTOS: ‘Young at Heart’ seniors sing and dance again in Surrey ‘bursary show’

The Vaudevillians on Surrey Arts Centre’s main stage Nov. 2-3

YouTube video of Revelstoke grizzly bear goes viral

Why did the grizzly bear cross the railway tracks?

Japanese buyer expands wood pellet contract with B.C.’s Pinnacle

Mitsui and Co. increases contract with Interior energy producer

ELECTION 2019: Have Justin Trudeau’s Liberals really cut middle-class taxes?

Conservative Andrew Scheer vows to cut bottom bracket, NDP’s Jagmeet Singh targets wealth tax

B.C. RCMP officer suing the force for malicious prosecution

Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth cleared of wrongdoing after misconduct hearing

UPDATE: Vehicle located and driver arrested in relation to fatal hit-and-run

Male pedestrian in his 50s died after being struck by vehicle on Highway 11 in Abbotsford

Talk to your kids about vaping, B.C.’s top doctor says

B.C. health officials have discovered the first vaping-related illness in the province

Alberta truck convoy plans counter-protest at climate rally with Greta Thunberg

United We Roll organizer says similar protest planned for Swedish teen’s event in Edmonton

Scheer, Trudeau, Singh haggle over potential minority government outcome

If you believe the polls, it appears the Liberals and Conservatives are neck-and-neck

Most Read

l -->