When a parachutist nears the ground he or she may be heading for something unfortunate, such as a tree or a rooftop.
Today’s invention allows some last-minute diversion from these hazards to occur.
It consists of a harpoon gun attached to the jumper using a strong cable. This is wound around a small winch attached to the chute.
The parachutist would fire the harpoon at the ground, away from the hazard and then switch the winch on, dragging him to a safer landing.