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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 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.

Follow the story on the ITV Tyne Tees site.

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