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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