Including the casualties from airborne operations during WW-2, more people have died landing with their aircraft than without it. I still get nervous when the flight I'm on is getting ready to make their approach on the runway... not a natural act to be with the bird for that part of the flight.
Far as this student goes... he got it right and probably will never jump again. Deepest sympathy for the instructor... but at least he went doing something he loved which is better than the fates awaiting most of us.
"So at that point I realised I was just going to have to do what I had to do to get down to the groundand try to help him."
I think he would have got to the ground without any imput from himself, "I was just going to have to do what I had to do to get down to the ground" What he had to do was hang in the harness until gravity did the work for him.