A skydiving instructor in Central Texas who lost a shoe during a stunt retrieved the flying footwear after it bounced off his chest and before either reached the ground.
Shelby Palmer told KXXV-TV that he was glad to catch the left shoe that was part of a pair he borrowed from another skydiver. Nobody was hurt in the September jump.
Palmer works for Skydive Temple in Salado. He and Christopher Elder decided to do a stunt in which one person holds on to another for a time — then lets go.
Elder let go of Palmer sooner than planned, knocking off the instructor's shoe.
Palmer worked his turn and descent rate to reach the shoe, which he grabbed and put on before reaching the ground.
Both skydivers safely landed.