A paratrooper dives through the roof of a house in Atascadero


A paratrooper training with a group at a California National Guard post plunged into the roof of a house in Atascadero last week and miraculously survived, authorities said.

The Atascadero Police Department received reports at around 4:55 p.m. on July 6 that a paratrooper had fallen from the roof of a residence in the 9500 block of Via Cielo.

Several neighbors saw the parachutist spiral out of control before crashing into the residence, KSBY-TV reported. No one was inside the house at the time.

The unidentified paratrooper fell without a full parachute deployment during a group training exercise at Camp Roberts, police said.

Rose Martin, a neighbor and nurse, said she was the first person with medical experience at the scene.

“I didn’t know what I was going to find,” Martin said. “I just assessed it and only for a minute.”

When the authorities arrived, they found the man dizzy and in pain, but miraculously alive. He was conscious and did not appear to have any serious visible injuries. He was then taken to hospital.

“Paramedics and firefighters – everyone was wonderful,” Martin said. “It was a miracle. … I was just thankful to God that he had this horrible experience.

Representatives for Camp Roberts were not immediately available for comment, but a spokesperson told the Tribune of San Luis Obispo that the parachutist was part of a British military unit training in the “General Area (SLO County) on private property”.

“We are grateful that the paratrooper suffered only moderate injuries and that no other person was injured,” said the Atascadero Police Department.

All other training participants landed safely at their designated landing zones, police said.

The house also fared better than expected. The parachutist “went through the roof, through the braids and there isn’t much damage in the house,” Linda Sallady, the owner’s mother, told KSBY.

“It’s amazing. It’s mostly the ceiling, the plasterboard. He missed the counters, the appliances, everything.

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