LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — An eastern Kentucky man who survived a skydiving accident says he is lucky to be alive after falling more than three miles before hitting the ground.
David Meek, who is 26, told WKYT-TV that the accident during a tandem jump last month in Mississippi left him paralyzed. It killed his instructor, 56-year-old James Horak Jr.
Meek spoke to the station Thursday at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, where he is recovering.
He says he remembers falling through the clouds "and it was beautiful and fun" but then it turned into a "nightmare." Meeks said he and his instructor hit the ground so hard it left a hole "about three feet wide and four feet deep."
He says he hopes to inspire others to overcome adversity.
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