New Port Richey, FL -- One of the two skydivers who died over the weekend in Zephyrhills is being called a hero. Investigators say 41-year-old Orvar Arnarson tried to save 25-year-old Andrimar Pordarson before both men hit the ground.
According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office the men, both from Iceland, jumped out of a plane at 13,500 feet around 10:30 a.m. Saturday. But for whatever reason, they say after Pordarson exited the plane, he never reached for his parachute cord.
Authorities say it's possible Pordarson, who was a skydiving student, had passed out and was unconscious.Arnarson, an instructor, apparently saw that Pordarson wasn't trying to deploy his parachute, so he tried to help.
Detectives have been able to piece together some clues as to what happened on the fatal fall by looking at video Arnarson was recording using a helmet cam.
"In the video, it appears that the student doesn't pull his primary parachute and the instructor attempts to assist until the conclusion of the video," Pasco County Sheriff's Office Detective William Lindsey said.
During the jump, investigators say the men were falling at speeds reaching 120-miles an hour.They note at one point Arnarson reaches Pordarson, but is never able to pull Pordarson's chute.
Secondary safety chutes linked to a computer eventually do deploy, but officials say they were too late and both men died on impact.
Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said on Tuesday that the video of the fall will not be released, citing both Florida law and respect for the victim's families.
"This is a tragic loss of life and people need to [...] not take it as entertainment," Nocco said.
The Federal Aviation Administration will also be investigating the incident by looking at the parachutes.