UPDATE: No charges in Winnebago County skydiving death

UPDATED Wednesday, October 23, 2013 --- 9:30 a.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- A skydiving death in Winnebago County this summer is being blamed on weather conditions and communication problems.

An Oshkosh Northwestern Media report says the case was referred to prosecutors but no criminal charges were filed.

Fifty-five-year-old jump instructor Paul Olsen and his client jumped from a plane July 9 as a storm approached. The owner of Skydive Adventure Inc. told authorities he radioed Olsen's pilot multiple times telling him to abort the jump. But the pilot says he didn't receive a communication until Olsen and the client had already jumped.

The two were blown off course and landed in Lake Butte des Morts. The client swam to shore but Olsen drowned.

Prosecutor Christian Gossett says the death could have been prevented but no one person was to blame.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, July 10, 2013 --- 5:50 p.m.

From our news partner, WLUK in Green Bay:

OSHKOSH - Winnebago County authorities have identified the skydiving instructor who died Tuesday.

The body of Paul Olsen, 55, of Belleville, was pulled from Lake Butte des Morts just before 5:30 p.m. Divers searched for Olsen's body for more than four hours Tuesday afternoon, after receiving a 911 call that someone was in the water.

Olsen and a student left Skydive Adventure in Omro on a tandem jump Tuesday afternoon. Investigators say strong winds blew them away from their intended landing site. Both landed in the lake, but the student swam safely to shore.

Olsen had done more than 5,000 jumps, authorities say.

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UPDATED Tuesday, July 9, 2013 --- 8:32 p.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- Winnebago County authorities say the body of a skydiver has been found in an Oshkosh-area lake.

A dive team began searching for the skydiving instructor after wind pushed him off course and into Lake Butte des Morts on Tuesday. The instructor was making a tandem 10,000-foot jump with a student.

Officials say the student swam to shore for help about 12:30 p.m. and was not injured.

The sheriff's department says the instructor's body was found shortly before 5:30 p.m. His name has not been released pending notification of relatives.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, July 9, 2013 --- 4:02 p.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- The Winnebago County sheriff says the search for a missing skydiver at an Oshkosh-area lake has become a recovery effort.

A dive team began searching for the sky diving instructor after wind pushed him off course and into Lake Butte des Morts. The instructor was making a tandem jump with a student.

Officials say the student swam to shore and is safe.

Sheriff John Matz tells WLUK-TV the instructor has been in the water long enough that survival is unlikely.

The accident happened early Tuesday afternoon.

Officials say both the instructor and student detached from the parachute's harness. The parachute and some clothes have been found in the water.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, July 9, 2013 --- 3:19 p.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- A dive team is searching an Oshkosh-area lake for a skydiving instructor after a tandem jump with a student went awry.

WBAY-TV reports the Winnebago County Dive Team began searching Lake Butte des Morts Tuesday afternoon after a skydiving instructor and student were blown away from their landing site and into the lake.

Officials at the scene say the student swam to shore, but the instructor is still missing.

Oshkosh Northwestern Media reports that when rescuers pulled the parachute to shore, they found both skydivers had unclipped their harnesses.

A helicopter also is conducting an aerial search.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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