Parachute fall victim was “much loved father” and “dear friend”

Lee Clifford
Lee Clifford

THE family of a parachute fall victim from St Helens have paid an emotional tribute.

Tragic Lee Clifford, 41, died on Saturday, July 7, when a problem occurred with his chute in a jump at the Black Knights Parachute Club in Cockerham near Lancaster.

In a statement, a spokesman for his family said: “Lee was a much loved father of four wonderful children and a dear friend to the many people that knew and worked with him.

“This was a terrible, tragic accident that has devastated his friends and loved ones. He was a young man that was full of life and we are deeply saddened to have lost him in such terrible circumstances.”

Meanwhile, police, in conjunction with the British Parachute Association, are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr Clifford’s death.

A number of witnesses have already come forward to provide witness evidence and assist officers in their inquiries.

A Home Office post mortem examination revealed the cause of Mr Clifford’s death as internal organ trauma and failure - as a result of the fall.