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Army Paratroopers Rescued From Trees Near JBLM

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File photo of paratrooper  (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

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JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) — The Army says firefighters have rescued three paratroopers who got stuck in trees after they jumped from an aircraft in a training exercise in Washington state.

Joe Piek (PEEK’) is a spokesman for Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle. He says all three were unhurt after getting stuck in trees near one of the base’s drop zones on a windy Thursday afternoon.

He didn’t have many details but says the big, wide-open drop zones are surrounded by trees, and parachutes can drift off course if winds change or increase during a jump.

Piek says firefighters from both Thurston County and the base responded.

The rescue took place in a thickly wooded area near the town of Rainier.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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