A FIRST-TIME parachutist was at the centre of a drama after landing in a tree near Peterlee Parachute Centre.
The novice skydiver was left dangling 30ft in the air after overshooting the centre’s drop zone during his jump on Saturday afternoon, narrowly missing a nearby church and spiked metal railings.
Northumberia University student Liam Byrne hit the tree after a problem with both his first and reserve parachutes.
The 18-year-old’s first parachute became twisted and he was told to pull the reserve shoot, which then got caught in the main parachute.
He lost control and landed in a tree.
Liam, was stuck for over half-an-hour and had to be cut free by firefighters.
They used specialist working-at-height equipment, including lines and harnesses, to free the first-year student, who was then checked over by paramedics after his 3,200ft jump.
The student, originally from Doncaster, said: “It was a bit scary. I just made sure I grabbed on to the tree so I was safe until someone came and found me.”