A 29-year-old survived a 3,500ft horror skydive with just a broken ankle after her two parachutes became tangled.

Zoe Sievwight fell in soft boggy land more than a mile from the drop zone.

Speaking from her hospital bed, Zoe told the Mirror: “I started counting – 1,000, 2,000, 3,000, 4,000 – then I checked my canopy, but it was all tangled. I had to cut away and pull my reserve parachute, but it got tangled up in the main one.”

“I looked at the ground and thought that was it, there was nothing else I could do. I didn’t think I was going to make it. I thought I was dead.

“I braced for impact and I don’t really remember what happened after that. There was a bit of shock but I didn’t black out. I was just lying on the ground and I kind of nudged myself into the recovery position.”

Zoe's stepmum Joan said: “She is recovering well but she is very shaken by the ordeal. She thought she was going to die.”

Zoe was taking part in a Skydive Strathallan jump in memory of her friend Cheryl Button who died of a brain tumour.

Club chairman Kieran Brady said: “The reserve parachute opened but Zoe did not remove the steering toggles and flare the canopy, that would have allowed her to land.”