A British man who plunged to his death during a 30th-anniversary skydive at the Grand Canyon was given a parachute with holes in it, US police have claimed.

Christopher Swales, 55, was on a tandem leap as part of his 30 th wedding anniversary gift from his wife, Deborah.

Mr Swales, from North Yorks, was killed after going into a free fall during the skydive over the iconic Arizona landmark.

His jump partner managed to survive with a broken leg.

A report seen by The Sun has now revealed the parachute had a number of holes “circled with pen to track movement, or continuing tear, of the material”.

Mr Swales died later in an Arizona hospital

It added several patches had been sewn on and tat the jump took place when the wind was at 27mph, 2mph more than permitted in the UK.

But, US cops have since closed the case – and said it was an accident.

A spokesman for skydive firm Paragon told the publication: “All the equipment was functioning 100% correctly.

“It was maintained according to the regulations.”

Mr Swales was on holiday with Deborah, 53, in September and she had bought him the skydiving experience as a gift after they renewed their vows.

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After Mr Swales’s tragic death his family said: “Dad was fiercely loyal to his friends but especially his wife and family who he had spent his entire life providing for.

“A hard worker, a strong man and the best dad and friend anybody could ask for.

The skydive happened over the iconic Grand Canyon

“We would like to thank everybody who has helped us with this difficult situation.

“Friends on both sides of the Atlantic, the authorities in the US and the British Embassy who have worked very hard to take the strain from our mum.”