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Parachutist falls through roof of Atascadero home

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Posted at 7:07 AM, Jul 07, 2021

A parachutist training with a group at Camp Roberts fell through the roof of a home in Atascadero on Tuesday.

It happened just before 5 p.m. at a home in the 9500 block of Via Ciello.

“I was in shock. I'm like, what?” said neighbor Rose Martin.

Before the crash landing, several neighbors saw the parachutist spiraling in the air.

Moments later, Martin, who is a registered nurse, heard a neighbor banging on her front door.

“So I ran in to make sure he was okay and I checked on him and his eyes were open but I wasn't sure if there were any injuries. I didn't want anyone to move him,” Martin said.

According to the Atascadero Police Department, the man's parachute failed to fully deploy.

“Came through the roof, through the tresses and there's not that much damage in the house,” said Linda Sallady, the homeowner’s mother. “It's amazing. It's mostly the ceiling, the sheetrock. He missed the counters, appliances, everything.”

The residents were not home at the time of the accident and nobody else was injured.

“It’s a miracle in my estimation, really. I mean, who lands like that without a parachute and lives?” Martin said.

Police say the parachutist was conscious when found and had no visible serious injuries but was complaining of pain. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

The rest of the training group reportedly landed safely at their designated landing field.

KSBY News reached out to Camp Roberts for comment but did not hear back.