Parachutist injured on barrier

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A PARACHUTIST needed a skin graft after landing off-course near sports fields.

An 18-year-old Teesside University student was taking his third parachute jump when he drifted off-course and landed near Lowhills Road, in Peterlee, injuring himself on a barrier.

The teenager, who had been on a lesson at Shotton Airfield, was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, before being transferred to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, for a skin graft.

Airfield owner Ian Rosenvinge said: “He has had a very unpleasant experience, scraping the skin off his shin when he has caught it on the barrier, but other than that he has not broken anything,” he added.

Mr Rosenvinge said the centre statistically would get around 18 incidents of parachutists landing off-course each year.

The incident happened around 11am on Saturday.