Waterville firefighters came to the rescue of a skydiver who became entangled in a tree in Cambridge Oct. 5.
Fire department spokesperson Kevin Ernest says the man, who was apparently in his 30s, was skydiving and became lodged in a tree near the Cambridge community centre. By the time firefighters got their aerial ladder in place, he had managed to unbuckle his chute and was able to come down the ladder on his own to be checked out by paramedics.
He had suffered a leg injury as a result of the incident, but it was minor in nature and he didn't need to be hospitalized. Firefighters then used the aerial ladder to free the parachute from the tree.
Ernest also confirmed that around the same time, a second parachutist, who had also drifted off course, was able to land uninjured in a field in Cambridge belonging to Webster Farms. Firefighters were not dispatched to that scene as their assistance was not required.
Around 6:15 p.m., Waterville and District firefighters received a call to render assistance to a skydiver who had become stuck in a tree near the Cambridge community hall on Highway 1. Firefighters, EHS paramedics and Kings district RCMP were all on scene; unconfirmed reports state that firefighters had to free the victim, who was injured but apparently not seriously, and bring him to the ground (using their aerial ladder) before paramedics could begin their assessment.
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