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May 25, 2022

Skydiving victim’s brother recalls her adventurous spirit

The brother of the 21-year-old Fremont woman who died in a
skydiving accident June 17 recalled a fun-loving spirit that led
her toward extreme sports, and he noted how she had been filming a
customer doing a tandem jump before it occurred.
The brother of the 21-year-old Fremont woman who died in a skydiving accident June 17 recalled a fun-loving spirit that led her toward extreme sports, and he noted how she had been filming a customer doing a tandem jump before it occurred.

Fremont resident Jayme Milnes died in a skydiving accident near Tres Pinos after free falling between 30 and 40 feet, according to authorities. Her older brother Jeff Milnes said she gravitated toward extreme sports and “seemed to kind of rotate through” them. She has wakeboarded, snowboarded, ridden dirt bikes and did some paintball – before focusing for the past two years on the skydiving hobby, her brother said.

Jeff Milnes noted how her boyfriend owns the skydiving business – Skydive Hollister – and she had been filming the tandem jump for a client when the accident occurred. That is why there was video with Jayme Milnes that authorities reviewed before determining it was an accident caused by jumper error.

Jeff Milnes said her parachute worked fine and there was “no fault of anyone.”

He recalled how he, his sister and another brother all graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Fremont. Jayme Milnes had been studying at Ohlone College to become a flight nurse, while her brother also called her an animal lover and said she had a great sense of humor.

“My friends just loved the girl,” he said. “She was one of those people that no matter what, whether you were feeling bad or good, she stuck her tongue at you.”

A service for Milnes was held last week in Fremont. In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be made in honor of Jayme to Fremont Library, 2450 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538 or Furry Friends Rescue PO Box 7270 Fremont, CA 94537-7270.

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