CBS/AP September 28, 2018, 4:47 AM Search for Maine skydiving instructor who disappeared in tandem jump

An image made from video shows the entrance to the Skydive New England resort in Lebanon, Maine, Sept. 27, 2018, amid a search for a skydiving instructor who was separated from his student during a tandem jump.


LEBANON, Maine — Authorities in Maine are searching for the body of a skydiving instructor who became separated from his student during a tandem jump. Officials say the instructor and his student participated in a jump around 2 p.m. Thursday near Skydive New England in Lebanon. The student called police after he landed safely and couldn't find his instructor.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says investigators determined the instructor and student became separated about a mile above the ground. McCausland says the instructor didn't have a backup parachute.

Both people use the same parachute in a tandem jump. Police aren't sure how the skydivers became separated.

According to CBS News affiliate WGME, officers of the Maine State Police, game wardens and forestry personnel were all involved in the search effort on Thursday, which was called off around 9 p.m. but expected to resume Friday morning.

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