Sibson: Skydive Victim Tributes

24 September 2012, 12:24

Tributes are being paid to a 53 year old man who died after colliding with another man while skydiving near Peterborough.

Patrick Sandeman from London, who was a partner in fine wine merchants Lea & Sandeman, reportedly collided with a 28-year-old Frenchman at Sibson airfield at about 3.30pm on Saturday afternoon.

The two men reportedly came into contact about 50 feet above the ground. The other man in a serious but stable condition at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. 

Jancis Robinson, a wine critic, paid tribute to Mr Sandeman, saying: "A very bright light has been extinguished''. "I'm sure I am not alone in having found Patrick one of the most appealing and entertaining characters in the wine business." 

"Charming but not oleaginous. Well informed but engaging. Great company, in a word".

Patrick Sandeman

Guy Woodward, Editor of Decanter magazine told Heart: "Patrick was a really fun guy and he died having fun". "I was only talking to him last week at a wine awards dinner and he was, as ever, gregarious and great company". "Its just hugely, hugely, sad". 

An investigation by the British Parachute Association is underway.