NC Skydiver Rescued From Intracoastal Waterway

A skydiver blown off course by high winds has been rescued from the frigid waters of the Intracoastal Waterway near Wilmington.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported that 43-year-old Laura Mullen of Southport was one of three skydivers hoping to land at a local airport Saturday. The newspaper reported that she was taken to a local hospital for hypothermia, but her condition was not available Sunday.

Oak Island Water Rescue assistant chief Reece Simmons says Mullen managed to escape from her harness after she hit the water and swam toward land. She was picked up by a Coast Guard rescue swimmer in the marsh.

Simmons says a second skydiver landed on a residential street and was found walking down a main road carrying a parachute. The third skydiver landed safely at the airport.


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  • by Pirate Location: Greenville on Jan 10, 2011 at 06:29 AM
    Way to go USCG! Always protecting us adventure-seekers. Always Faithful!
  • by John Nelson Location: Greenville, NC USA on Jan 10, 2011 at 05:16 AM
    I'm an instructor at a local skydive school (in Washington, NC) and this is exactly the reason why we supply water training for individual jumpers. If she had not gotten out of her harness, the parachute could just as easily have pulled her under. Those coastal winds can do a lot to a parachute :P. Glad she's ok.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2011 at 02:14 AM
    Good to know he werent in with them 1000's of birds that caught in an updraft then ended up plumeting to there death.
  • by whew Location: greenville on Jan 9, 2011 at 02:09 PM
    Jumped here myself before...beautiful place to go bc you can see all surrounding beaches as you float down after deploying your chute. Glad everyone is okay and only walks away with one awesome story to tell the grandkids one day! lol
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