Skydiver Makes Unexpected Landing in New Jersey

Rescue crews had to help skydiver out of tree
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 5, 2017 9:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – Rescue crews in New Jersey freed a skydiver who got stuck in a tree and was dangling 70 feet above the ground, the AP reports. Emergency crews in Gloucester County got a call around 5pm Tuesday saying the skydiver had crashed into the trees in Monroe Township. Per NJ.com, the skydiver had strayed off course, with the flight likely originating from Williamstown's Cross Keys Airport.

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"Crews set up for a rope rescue and safely lowered the skydiver to the ground," the local fire department said. A rep from Skydive Cross Keys says the trapped individual was an "experienced, solo skydiver" who was using a "fully open and functional parachute." Authorities tell WPVI it took rescuers more than an hour to free the person, who reportedly escaped injury. (Read more skydiving stories.)

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