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British Man Arrested on Suspicion of Attempted Murder After Wife's Parachute Fails – and She Survives

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A British Army sergeant had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after his wife’s parachute failed during a jump in April.

Victoria Cilliers, 39, survived the 4,000-ft. fall over Salisbury Plain after both her main and reserve chutes failed to open properly. However, she sustained multiple severe injuries, including fractures throughout her body, according to the BBC.

Her husband, Emile Cilliers, was arrested and questioned about the parachute failure last week and has since been released on bail.

The chutes were missing what detectives called “slinks,” which are used to connect the canopy to the parachute harness, The Guardian reports.

“This woman would have been dead if her chute hadn’t partially opened; this meant her descent was slowed enough for her to survive the fall,” Det. Insp. Paul Franklin said, according to the BBC.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

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