Over 20 Soldiers Injured In Parachuting Exersice


THE COAST GUARD SAID THE MAN WAS DIVING WITH A GROUP ON THE LADY GO DIVER SUNDAY NIGHT AND DIDN’T RESURFACE WITH THE REST OF THE GROUP. THE. IN NEWS ACROSS AMERICA 18 SOLDIERS ARE INJURED AFTER A MILITARY EXERCISE WENT WRONG IN MISSISSIPPI. THEY WERE CONDUCTING A NIGHTTIME PARACHUTE JUMP AT CHAMP SHELBY. CBS4’S LISA MATEO HAS THE LATEST. Reporter: ABOUT 650 SOLDIERS BEGAN A TRAINING EXERCISE AT CAMP SHELBY AROUND 8 P.M. WEDNESDAY. THE SOLDIERS WERE PARACHUTING FROM C-130 TRANSPORT PLANES WHEN A GUST OF WIND BLEW ONE GROUP OF PARATROOPERS INTO TREES ON A REMOTE PART OF THE BASE. SEVERAL SOLDIERS WERE TAKEN TO LOCAL HOSPITALS AND MEDICS TREATED MORE THAN A DOZEN ON THE SCENE. THE ARMY SAYS NONE OF THE INJURIES ARE LIFE THREATENING. THERE WERE SOME SIGNIFICANT FRACTURES ASSOCIATED WITH SOME OF THOSE FALLS FROM THE PARACHUTING INCIDENT. Reporter: SOME WAITED HOURS TO BE RESCUED BECAUSE THEIR PARACHUTES WERE TANGLED IN THE TREES. THE TROOPS WERE PARTICIPATING IN ARCTIC ANVILLE, THE LARGEST EXERCISE CAMP SHELBY HAS EVER HOSTED WITH AN ACTIVE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM ABOUT. 3,000 TROOPS FROM ALASKA’S 4th BRIGADE ARE THERE FOR THE MONTH LONG TRAINING CAMP SO THEY CAN BE READY TO DEPLOY AT ANY MOMENT. CAMP SHELBY IS THE LARGEST STATE-OWNED MILITARY TRAINING BASE IN THE COUNTRY. A MISSISSIPPI NATIONAL GUARD STATEMENT SAYS TRAINING THERE WILL CONTINUE BECAUSE “SOLDIERS ALWAYS PLACE THE MISSION FIRST.”

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