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Darcie Duncan and her instructor, Bo Babovic, prepare to land.
ANNA MARIA – More than a dozen relatives, friends and employees of real estate broker Darcie Duncan had to wait a little longer than expected for her to show up on the beach Sunday, but when she did, it was a grand appearance.
Darcie and her instructor, Bo Babovic, jumped from a small airplane and dropped gingerly onto the beach while dangling from a bright yellow parachute.
When she sold a home to the owner of Sun Coast Skydiving last year, he invited her to take a jump for free. She had never thought of skydiving before, but her first jump changed her mind.
"I would do it again," she proclaimed after unbuckling herself from the parachute.
Her mom, Judy Duncan, was unsure of this adventure and she was relieved when all went well. Her dad, Marion, was there with his camera to record the event.
"When you open the door of the plane, you get this rush of wind," she said. "You stick your head out and let go."
The group assembled around 4:30 p.m. and expected to see her around 5 p.m., but with headwinds and traffic at the airport, she was about a half-hour late. She said it opened her eyes to a new world.
"It makes you appreciate what we have," she said. "You can see all of the Island and the dolphins and sting rays in the Gulf."