2 stranded skydivers are rescued from tree in N. Carolina

SALISBURY, N.C. - Two skydivers who had a parachute malfunction that left them hanging in a North Carolina tree are thanking their lucky stars.

The Salisbury Post reports when Casey Ellis and her instructor, Derek Abernathy, leapt from the plane Saturday over the Rowan County Airport, something went wrong.

Ellis says they were spinning and falling out of control before they were caught in a tree off a sewer right-of-way.

Salisbury Fire Department Deputy Chief David Morris says the call came in around 7:58 p.m.

Emergency responders used a ladder to scale the tree and check on the skydivers. A hoist was setup to lift and lower the pair, who escaped with minor scratches.

Ellis, who drove with a friend from West Virginia to knock an item off their bucket list, says she won't be skydiving again.

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Information from: Salisbury Post, http://www.salisburypost.com


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