Skydiver who feared sport could come at 'grave cost' dies after 'hard landing'

Amie Begg, a 33-year-old skydiving instructor in South Carolina, died on Sunday while on a group jump. Begg posted this photo on her Instagram last month with the caption: "Do what makes you smile, that's what life is all about." (Photo: Instagram, @adventureamie)

A 33-year-old South Carolina woman died tragically in a skydiving incident this past weekend, despite completing more than 800 successful dives.

Amie Begg, who called herself “Adventure Amie,” reportedly died Sunday while participating in a group jump at Skydive Carolina, where she had recently become a certified instructor. According to WSOCTV, authorities in Chester County, S.C were alerted to a “hard landing” and she was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner has named blunt force trauma as the cause of death.

Skydive Carolina has been under heavy scrutiny following Amie's incident, with outlets reporting that there have been four deaths in the past five years. Monday night, the company took to Facebook to respond: “There was no equipment malfunction. One of the foundational rules in skydiving is to avoid making low turns close to the ground. Regrettably, Amie initiated a low turn that was simply too low to recover from and within the vernacular of skydiving the accident would be termed as pilot error.”

Although Amie’s life was tragically cut short, her mother told WBTV that she lived it “to the fullest like nobody ever could.” In the wake of her death, there has been a tremendous outpouring of heartfelt messages via Facebook by those who were impacted by her work. Charlotte Mecklenburg Drug-Free Coalition posted, “Amie was a leader in prevention and Recovery with our community Youth and served as the chair of the CMDFC for 4 years… Our Coalition will not be the same without her and she would truly be missed by those who knew her well.”

Amie’s website and Instagram boasts extraordinary photos showcasing her daredevil capabilities. She was the first woman to solo bike around the base camp of Everest and she also enjoyed kayaking and rock-climbing. Her site reads, “My passion is exploring the world through outdoor adventure sports and teaching others how to utilize our natural playground to overcome self-induced boundary is driven by fear,” however, in a blog post Amie wrote last month she admitted that her lifestyle “may come at a grave cost.”

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