Andy Wirth’s Heroic Skydiving Accident Survival

Were you to look at Squaw Valley Ski CEO Andy Wirth today you would be hard pressed to understand what the man has gone through. As the CEO of one of the most successful businesses in the Reno-Tahoe area, Wirth has certainly put in the long hours while dealing with high stress in order to establish himself.

More than that, however, Andy Wirth has seen death firsthand and turned away, willing himself to survive in a situation that would take even the strongest of men. A tragic skydiving accident nearly took his life back in October of 2013 but since then he has gotten back on track.

Andy Wirth was an avid skydiver and a true enthusiast of the sport. Andy Wirth and friend Sean McCormick, a Red Bull athlete, would spend entire days flying up and jumping down, sometimes as many as seven times in a single day. On this warm October afternoon, the 13th, things could not have gone more wrong.

Weather conditions had forced Wirth to forego his usual jumping spot, in Perris California, and instead had sent him jumping out of a spot near Lodi. An exclusive article by Crunbase reveals that despite the windy conditions Andy Wirth and his fellow jumpers headed up for what would end up being the fateful jump of Wirth’s life.

Poor wind conditions and a missed route by the pilot led to Wirth forcing himself to pull his chute late and put down inside of a vineyard. Wirth hit a pole and watched in horror as his arm was ripped off. From there he was in a fight keep death at bay.

Andy Wirth was instantly at risk of bleeding out but he fought off shock, staunched his blood flow, and sang ‘Just Breathe’ by Pearl Jam to himself as help arrived. And help did it arrive and Wirth survived to continue running Squaw Valley Ski.

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