A parachuter was stuck for nearly three hours Wednesday afternoon at the corner of Rainier Road SE and Military Road SE as first responders attempted to scale a large tree, sever parachute lines and bring the recreationalist to safety.
The Southeast Thurston Fire Authority and other first responders were at the scene around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, in an attempt to summit the 100-foot tall tree and rescue the hanging parachuter. Shortly after arrival, the Thurston County Special Operations Rescue Team was called in to make the rescue, according to a narrative by Southeast Thurston Fire Authority.
The team attempted a tree rigging maneuver due to the tree not having any branches from its base to 50 feet up.
The parachuter told first responders that his parachute got stuck around 11:15 a.m. The scene was cleared at 2:15 p.m.
Another similar parachute rescue happened last month. On June 25, Southeast Thurston got a call around 6 p.m. of a parachuter stuck in a tree at the 12000 block of Military Road SE.
First responders were at the scene at 6:20 p.m. and were able to get the parachuter down in about an hour. While these two incidents occurred less than a mile away from each other, there’s no evidence suggesting they’re related.
Southeast Thurston Fire Chief Mark King said his department responds to similar incidents about three or four times a year.