One-legged jumpers make a splash in Southsea in 1981
Two disabled Hampshire parachutists took to the air for the first time at Southsea.Â
Machinist JamesÂ Wild, 30, of Titchfield, and Paul Coleman, 28, of Eastleigh '“Â both of whom only hadÂ one leg '“Â leapt from a Cessna light aircraft off South Parade Pier after only three days of training.Â
But after being picked up by the Royal Marines, both said they couldn't wait to do it all over again.Â
JamesÂ Wild, a former Royal Navy electrician, said: '˜I was a bit frightened for the first three seconds, wondering if the '˜chute had opened. After that it was great, and I would not mind taking it up as a full-time sport.'
JamesÂ and Paul hoped to raise thousands for the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity andÂ training schools for disabled pupils.Â