Watch The Harrowing Moment a Skydiver Having a Seizure Is Rescued in Midair

This morning, Reddit users were kept in pulse-pounding suspense as they watched the nail-biting rescue of an unconscious skydiver, who suffered a seizure during freefall.

The footage of the death-defying fall over Western Australia comes from Christopher Jones, also known as Nomadic Adrenaline on YouTube. About six years ago, Jones was participating in the fifth stage of his Accelerated Free Fall program at the WA Skydiving Academy. After jumping out of the plane at around 9,000 ft, Jones started to black out and continued falling while unconscious.

Luckily for Jones, his skydiving instructor, Sheldon McFarlane, was also in mid-air with him. After noticing Jones was spinning out of control, McFarlane swan dived straight towards him and reached for his rip chord. After pulling the chord, the parachute automatically deployed and decreased the speeding rate of his descent.

At around 3000 ft, Jones finally regained consciousness and managed to steer the parachute towards the Pinjarra drop zone. He landed safely back onto the ground. Though there was no need to call for an ambulance, Christopher's mother had been notified to take him back home.

In an interview with Australian Broadcasting Corporation, McFarlane shared what the experience was like from his perspective. He said, "At no time was I worried he was going to hit the ground without a parachute, but given the circumstances, and where we were, I thought it would be better to get him under parachute earlier than later."

Also speaking with Australia's national broadcaster, the Skydiving Academy's chief instructor, Robin O'Neill, explained how the incident happened. Jones thought he had his epilepsy under control after having been seizure-free for nearly four years. O'Neill added, "Christopher's treating specialist wrote a letter specifically saying he was fit for skydiving. Obviously he wasn't. That was the end of his skydiving career."

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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 18, 2019: A skydiver sails through a hula hoop while two other licensed skydivers hold the hoop secure during freefall. The freefall fun took place during Skydive Dubai's DXBoogie, a annual gathering of licensed skydivers at the Desert Campus dropzone on January 18, 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Skydive Dubai/Getty

Reddit users started sharing their own experiences with having seizures and blackouts. U/scientolojesus recalled, "For real man, I've had about 5 seizures in my life, and regaining consciousness is always a scary experience. Mainly because, like you said, you're very confused and it seems like you just woke up from a nap. And you don't remember anything less than 15 minutes or so before the seizure."

U/b-triple-7 shared their experience blacking out at high altitude. I "I don't remember blacking out but was probably out completely for about 20 seconds. As I regained consciousness, I was totally confused as to where I was very spaced out. I couldn't remember having gotten in an aircraft and I couldn't remember anything from earlier that day."