Sacto 9-1-1
August 26, 2013
Update: Victim of skydiving accident identified

The skydiver who fell to his death on Saturday in Davis has been identified as Andrew Todd Cofer, a 23-year-old from Lodi.

Cofer was a first-time patron of SkyDance SkyDiving, near the Yolo County Airport, but he was not a first-time skydiver. Friends describe Cofer as a highly experienced skydiver with more than 600 jumps.

On his second Davis jump at roughly 6 p.m., he fell out of his harness mid-air and suffered multiple blood injuries and fractures. He was pronounced dead on the scene, said Mark Persons, spokesman for the Yolo County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies located Cofer's body in a field approximately one mile away from the drop zone. His canopy and harness were located about one mile away in a different direction.

Ray Ferrell, president of SkyDance SkyDiving, said the accident was not caused by an equipment error.

"We have a videotape showing that it was on and fastened properly," he said. "I don't know why, but he physically undid his chest strap."

Cofer frequented the Parachute Center just north of Lodi and started around March of last year, said Lee Ellis, a Lodi skydiver and friend.

"He's a really outgoing, charismatic guy," Ellis said. "He will definitely be missed."

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