Skydiver Named

Police have released the name of the skydiver who died during a local skydiving event Saturday at Grand Haven Memorial Airpark. 

The skydiver who died during a landing Saturday at Grand Haven Memorial Airport has been identified.

Police said this morning that the man is 33-year-old Paul Van Vuuren of Atlanta, Nebraska.

Van Vurren was doing a solo jump when witnesses said his parachute possibly came in contact with another skydiver. The parachute collapsed about 50 feet above the ground.

The jumps were being done as part of the Dink Dink Boogie skydiving festival, which drew more than 200 skydivers to Grand Haven from across the country.

Organizer Andrew Draminski, a spokesperson with the Raw Dog skydiving group, said he has been skydiving for 10 years and this is the first time there has been a fatality at any event he has been a part of.

He noted for a previous story, that the person who died was a licensed jumper who had been skydiving for more than 10 years.

Draminski, when contacted this morning, declined to comment as to whether or not he knew Van Vuuren. He said he had no more to add at this time and just wanted to take a step back and spend some quiet time with his friends and family.

The skydiving boogie – the term for a gathering of skydivers – was halted after the incident Saturday, but continued on Sunday.

“It’s a difficult decision that a lot of people outside of the comm might not understand,” Draminski said. “But it’s standard for us. We’re all going to keep doing what we do.”

Draminski said the skydivers were a close-knit community and that they wanted to be together and work through the tragedy together.

The incident remains under investigation.

Matt DeYoung contributed to this story.

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