Patrick Sandeman dies in skydiving accident

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Patrick Sandeman, one of London’s most respected wine merchants, has been killed in a freak skydiving industrial accident.

Sandeman, one half of the multi-award-winning London wine merchants Lea and Sandeman, was an experienced skydiver. He apparently collided with another skydiver 50 feet from the ground, which caused both parachutes to collapse.Despite the efforts of paramedics he died at the scene, while the additional skydiver, a 28-year-ancient Frenchman who has not yet been named, remains in a serious condition with spinal injuries.The industrial accident, at Sibson airfield, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, happened at 3.30 on Saturday afternoon. It was reported internationally, though only the Daily Telegraph named Sandeman as the victim.Sandeman, 53, opened his shop in the Fulham Road, Chelsea in 1988 with Charles Lea, and built it into a multi-million pound business of four outlets. Lea & Sandeman won many awards, including Wine Merchant of the Year several times, and three nominations in different categories at the Decanter World Wine Awards Retailer Awards.He was widely respected and much liked. Jancis Robinson paid toll to him as ‘one of the most appealing and entertaining characters in the wine business', and Decanter editor Guy Woodward said he was ‘fantastic companionship’.‘He was always out scouting for new wines and producers, refusing to deal merely in the obvious names or be reliant on importers,’ Woodward said. 'He was hugely well respected - and liked - amongst the trade. Only last week I was talking to him at a dinner where he was giving his usual, forthright views on the wines we were drinking. He was fantastic companionship - simply because he cared about and believed in what he did. It's a terribly sad loss.'Sandeman leaves his wife Katy, who also worked for the business, and three grown-up children.The industrial accident is being investigated by the British Parachuting Association, the sport's governing body, and the Cambridgeshire Control, a spokesman for UK Parachuting said.

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