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‘Legend’ may not be able to work again

February 8, 2024 6:41 am in by
Skydiver Heath Hately. (Image: 'Let’s help Heath get back on his feet' - GoFundMe).

Friends of a Geelong man who continues to recover from a sickening skydiving accident have raised over $25,000.

Skydiver Heath Hately was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition after a hard landing at Torquay Airport following a solo jump.

Heath’s friends say he may never be able to work again as he remains in a critical condition as of Wednesday, dealing with serious lower body injuries.

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A GoFundMe page set up for the popular local has already raised in excess of $25,000, with friends describing Heath as “legend of a human being.”

“He is not in good shape at the moment and the outcome is looking uncertain,” a message from fundraiser organiser Cory Varga read.

“Heath would do anything for anyone so the least I can do is put this together and hope we can all come together to try and lessen the blow for him and help him and his family through throw rough time.

“I don’t know the full details of his state at the moment but it sounds like there’s a chance he might not be able to work again,

“If you know Heath, or if there’s any chance you can find it in your heart to get this legend on the mend.”

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Victoria Police won’t be investigating the circumstances surrounding the fall, but it adds to a series of incidents at the Torquay airport over the last few years.

A man died after a wingsuit jump near Connewarre in July 2022, while an instructor was killed during a tandem jump in July 2021, his passenger was taken to hospital.

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