Skydiver survives 24 mile jump

Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner lept into the stratosphere from a balloon flying 24 miles (38 km) above the planet in an attempt to break the sound barrier. He landed safely four and a half minutes later.

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Student who landed in tree on first skydive 'will jump again'

A student who ended up stuck in a tree after falling 3,000ft (914m) when his canopy failed to open on his very first parachute jump has vowed to have another go.

Liam Byrne being rescued from the tree after his first parachute jump

After Liam Byrne, 18, was rescued from a tree near Shotton Colliery, in County Durham, virtually uninjured after his horror fall, firefighters said he was lucky to be alive.

But asked if he will jump again he said: "Probably, we will see - best way to get over it."

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Student escapes unhurt after his parachute lands in tree

Firefighters rescued 18-year-old Liam Byrne from the tree Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A student had a lucky escape after he lost control of his parachute on his first ever jump and landed in a tree.

Liam Byrne's parachutes became entangled before he landed in Shotton Colliery, County Durham.

The 18-year-old, who narrowly avoided landing on a church, was stuck for about half an hour before being rescued by firefighters.

"It was a bit scary, I just made sure I grabbed on to the tree until someone came and found me," said the Northumbria University student.

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Baumgartner from jump step: 'I wish the world could see what I see'

"When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records any more...the only thing you want is to come back alive," Felix Baumgartner told a press conference.

Asked what he said when he was about to jump, he repeated: "I know the whole world is watching now, and I wish the world could see what I see.

"And sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you are."


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