Army paratroopers rescued from trees in Washington state

The three paratroopers were unhurt after getting stuck in trees near a Joint Base Lewis-McChord drop zone following training jumps in windy conditions.

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. — The Army said firefighters have rescued three paratroopers who got stuck in trees after they jumped from an aircraft in a training exercise in Washington state.

Joe Piek, a spokesman for Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle, said all three were unhurt after getting stuck in trees near one of the base's drop zones on a windy Thursday afternoon.

He didn't have many details but said the big, wide-open drop zones are surrounded by trees, and parachutes can drift off course if winds change or increase during a jump.

Piek added that firefighters from both Thurston County and the base responded.

The rescue took place in a thickly wooded area near the town of Rainier.


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