Ex-Brexit minister Steve Baker’s skydive ends in ‘spiral’ emergency landing – UK

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A Conservative MP got more adrenaline than he bargained for while skydiving, after his main parachute failed.

Steve Baker, 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.

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Mr Baker revealed the close shave in an Instagram post on Sunday.

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

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

Steve Baker, a Minister at the Department for Exiting the European Union, leaves Downing Street
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Steve Baker regularly posts videos of his athletic adventures

“Wished you were there etc.”

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

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

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

A keen athlete, the Wycombe MP regularly posts videos of his adventures on YouTube.

He uploads running routes, combat academy lessons and motorcycle tutorials.

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Mr Baker even insists on being “weighed in” every year by constituents, and has done his own video on “five tips to get and stay fit”.

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