Stuck in tree parachutist Pracheen Gemawat to 'jump again'

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Media captionNorthumbria University student Pracheen Gemawat was left hanging 60ft (20m) for three hours after his crash landing but was unhurt

A parachutist who spent three hours stuck in a tree after his first sky dive went wrong said he has not been put off the sport.

Northumbria University student Pracheen Gemawat was left hanging 60ft (20m) up a tree for three hours on Friday after his crash landing but was unhurt.

Thirty-eight Durham and Darlington firefighters helped free him in Cuthbert Road in Peterlee.

Mr Gemawat, of Heaton, Newcastle, said he would jump again.

'Really painful'

He said: "I just got carried away - it was my first jump, I couldn't locate the airfield - it was too small.

"It was nice and going perfectly fine before I ended up in the tree.

"Weirdly enough I wasn't terrified when I smashed into the tree. One guy turned up and asked me if I was okay and I said 'yes, enjoying the weather'.

"But after about half an hour and because of my position, it got really painful. Thanks to the firefighters and yes I would jump again, but only if I knew I was going to land on the ground."

A brigade spokesman said crews had difficulty getting to Mr Gemawat, but eventually managed to reach him on an aerial platform.

He had meant to land at Peterlee Parachute Centre in Shotton Colliery but drifted off course.

Eyewitness Tom Maddison said: "He was well and truly stuck, he seemed to be fine, he was talking to the paramedics and the fire brigade."

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