2 Navy parachutists rescued after getting caught in trees in Chesapeake

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 5:44 AM

Fentress Airfield Road

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3:44 UPDATE: Officials say an investigation is not required.

1:08 p.m. UPDATE: The second parachutist has been freed from the tree.
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12:35 p.m. UPDATE: Capt. Saunders says one of the parachutists has been rescued; crews working to free the second person.
Neighbors say training exercises are common.
"We see parachutes, jets and helicopters all the time," said Chesapeake resident Michael Mayo. "But we don't see stuff like this. Luckily they're okay.
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CHESAPEAKE - Two Navy parachutists are stuck in the trees at Fentress Air Field in Chesapeake. 

They were doing routine, pre-planned training when they drifted into the trees, NAS Oceana spokeswoman Kelley Stirling said.

Capt. Scott Saunders with the Chesapeake Fire Dept. said the department has sent its technical rescue team to assist.

"The team includes an ambulance and ladder truck and the team is trained in technical rescues, whether it’s confined spaces, trenches or trees," Capt. Saunders told WVEC.com.

The two were not hurt, Stirling confirmed.

 

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