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John tells a remarkable story of survival and beating the odds.


John Martin survived a horrific crash and burn plane accident in 1989 which left him with third degree burns to seventy percent of his body. He had been around aircraft all of his life and his father had been killed in a plane accident when he was just eleven.

Prior to becoming a commercial pilot in 1987, John had completed several other major achievements, including cycling around the East Cape at just thirteen and successfully completing New Zealand’s first Base Jump in 1982. Just prior to the accident John had completed over 600 parachute jumps and 1500 hours of flying.

John’s positive attitude and strong will to live got him through an experience that could have sent him to the depths of depression. Within a year of discharge from hospital Jophn was back windsurfing, sailing, fishing and had formed a partnership in an Air Charter business. He later sold his interest in this to set up his own successful Tandem Skydiving Business.

John write a book about his ordeal titled “Out of the Ashes” which has been put up for review with the Curriculum Information Service for use as a student resource.

In his presentation John Martin tells his inspirational story of survival and shows how the experiences we have can shape our lives, how precious life is and what the important things are.

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