Ex-Brexit minister’s parachute failed to open during skydive

Former Brexit Minister Steve Baker whose parachute failed to open while skydiving on holiday. Picture: Chris McAndrew/UK Parliament/PA Wire
Former Brexit Minister Steve Baker whose parachute failed to open while skydiving on holiday. Picture: Chris McAndrew/UK Parliament/PA Wire
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Former Brexit minister Steve Baker got more adrenaline than he bargained for when his parachute failed to open while skydiving on holiday.

The Tory MP, who quit as a Brexit minister last month, went into a “fast spiral dive” and had to rely on his reserve parachute.

He had to perform an emergency landing and came down on a golf course, right next to the club house in the Algarve, Portugal.

Mr Baker revealed the close shave with a beaming smile in an Instagram post on Sunday.

He said: “Pleased my reserve parachute, here in white, worked as advertised after a main malfunction last week.

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“Emergency landing on nearby golf course perfect, next to clubhouse.

“Wished you were there etc.”

Mr Baker added that the problem began after the left steering toggle jammed.

He said: “After two attempts to release the toggle, I took the reserve.”

Despite the close shave, Mr Baker insisted the dive was “awesome”.