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
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