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Skydiver unharmed after landing in Creswell tree

CRESWELL - An errant skydiver hung from a tree near the Creswell Airport for a half-hour Saturday until South Lane Fire and Rescue brought him a ladder to climb down.

"He was fine. He was just hanging in the trees," said fire Capt. Paul Furrer said.

The man, who is in his mid-20s, got hung up during his first solo jump with Wright Brothers Skydiving. He'd previously participated in two tandem jumps with an instructor without incident.

"Wind can be a factor. We teach them to negotiate the winds and he just screwed up," said Dave Wright, owner of Wright Brothers Skydiving.

Wright said in his 27 years of teaching skydiving, he'd never had a student land in a tree.

The mishap apparently didn't put this student off skydiving, however, according to Wright. "He'll be out here again. He's looking forward to redeeming himself," Wright said.
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Title Annotation:Accidents; REGION
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 23, 2006
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