Community coming to aid of Seabeck man injured in skydiving accident

The Crosby community is coming together for 26-year-old Daniel Levi Cave who was recently injured in a skydiving accident, and with no medical insurance he faces about $80,000 in medical bills.

Evergreen Lutheran Church and local community members are hosting a dessert auction at 7 p.m., this evening at the Crosby Community Center and the public is encouraged to attend.

“The family is kind of in a tough spot,” said Michelle Ring who is helping to coordinate the auction.

Cave and his wife Machele have two boys, ages 2 and 6, but Cave says it may be until the end of October before he can return to work as a framer. All proceeds from the desert auction will be matched by Thrivent Financial to help with Cave’s medical bills and household expenses.

“We have about 20 desserts, but we would like more,” Ring said. “The auction is free and open to the public.”

On Aug. 6 Cave decided to go skydiving with his brother and three friends and had taken the day-long training course. Three of them went up in the plane together. Cave’s brother jumped first, then his friend and then Cave. And that’s when it went horribly wrong. Cave’s static-line parachute wouldn’t fully open and he began “doing circles.”

“Right at first I started screaming help, but there was no one up there to help me,” he said.

Struggling to open his parachute, Cave began to pray, asking God to help him out of the situation. He did have a reserve parachute, which can’t be opened below 2,000 feet, but he couldn’t read his altimeter and didn’t know what height he was at. He was told he was traveling 50 mph when he hit the ground at Bremerton Airport. He suffered a broken femur through his leg, a lacerated

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