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Letter to the editor: Don’t blame the sport

On May 22, South Lake Tahoe lost a wonderful father, husband and friend, Rob Ranieri. Rob was a guy who loved life. He was a very experienced sky diver whose lust for adventure kept him alive. He owned and operated Tech Tahoe and was very involved with the community. Rob really enjoyed helping people. He was an El Dorado County CASA and was a good friend. Rob’s death should not be in vain and his sport of choice is a thrill. It is sad that he was not reached in time. The sport of skydiving is an adrenaline junkie’s dream, jumping out of an airplane and speeding down to the ground at speeds as fast as a 100-plus miles an hour, then floating in the air sometimes as high as 10,000 feet is a thrill most people will never experience. As a person who has more than 1,500 jumps, I understand that thrill. Even though things do go wrong at times, an experienced sky diver knows what to do when things go wrong. It was not the sport of skydiving that took Rob’s life, it was the frigid waters of Lake Tahoe and the long distance to shore, after being blown offshore by the wind. The sport of skydiving is, in fact, a safe sport that many thousands of people enjoy. The training, such as mine, can take place in the military, or you can learn at a sky dive center. Be prepared to spend many hours in a classroom and many more hours jumping with instructors. Rob will be missed by those of us who knew him, but don’t blame the sport.

Jim Smith

South Lake Tahoe

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