TOUGH JOURNEY: Somerset Councillor Kirsten Moriarty with her father and inspiration Ron Wyber at the launch of her book From Dark Days to Blue Skies.
TOUGH JOURNEY: Somerset Councillor Kirsten Moriarty with her father and inspiration Ron Wyber at the launch of her book From Dark Days to Blue Skies. Gary Worrall

Author Kirsten Moriarty inspires with blue skies

KIRSTEN Moriarty's long and painful road to recovery from a freak skydiving accident is now in print, with the release of her book From Dark Days to Blue Skies.

The Somerset councillor, an avid skydiver, was critically injured when a recreational jump at Willowbank, west of Ipswich, went badly wrong, with a strong wind blowing her off course.

"It was a fun jump. A friend from Sydney wanted a tandem jump and I went with them. It all went well initially but a strong top wind blew us away from the landing field," Cr Moriarty said.

"I found a clear paddock, but didn't see the powerlines and crashed into them."

Despite suffering severe burns to her legs, chest and neck, and smaller burns elsewhere, Cr Moriarty survived, but was left hanging for two hours until a cherry picker could bring her to the ground.

"My friends probably saved my life, spending two hours talking to me until they got me down and I was flown to hospital," she said.

With months of operations and rehabilitation, including learning to walk again, Cr Moriarty said the book was a way to tell her story to try and inspire others.

"I thought my story had something to offer. There are many positives for me. The important message is that anyone can recover," she said.


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