Skydivers rescued after being stuck in tree in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Firefighters in Salisbury rescued two skydivers who were stuck in a tree Saturday night.

Officials say It happened just after 8 p.m. near the Mid-Carolina Airport in Salisbury off the Circle M Industrial Park.

The skydivers were stuck in the tree about 35 feet in the air.

Cassie Ellis from West Virginia, and instructor Derek  Abernathy became stuck in the tree while in a tandem jump.  The main chute failed, according to officials, and the back-up chute didn't fully deploy.

"I'm grateful to God to be alive, we really shouldn't be," skydiver Cassie Ellis said.

Firefighters used ropes and rigging to free the two skydivers, and they were not injured.

"They're in harnesses and they're in awkward positions, so you certainly want to be able to get them down as quickly as you can so that the blood flow to their extremities and their blood flow is normal," said Deputy Chief David Morris of the Salisbury Fire Department.  "You do slow down in those situations, so we expedite it as quickly as possible.

There's no word on how long the skydivers were in the tree before they were rescued.

Salisbury, Locke and Woodleaf fire departments responded, along with Rowan County EMS, the Rowan County Rescue Squad and the Salisbury Police Department.

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