Skydiver rescued from tree in Peterlee + VIDEO

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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.”