Heavy winds cause JBLM paratroopers to get stuck in trees

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A rescue worker works on freeing a paratrooper trapped in a tree near Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Feb. 21, 2013.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) - The Army says firefighters have rescued three paratroopers who got stuck in trees after they jumped from an aircraft in a training exercise in Washington state.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord spokesman Joe Piek said all three were unhurt after getting stuck in trees near one of the base's drop zones on a windy Thursday afternoon.

Piek didn't have many details but says the big, wide-open drop zones are surrounded by trees, and parachutes can drift off course if winds change or increase during a jump.

Piek says firefighters from both Thurston County and the base responded.

The rescue took place in a thickly wooded area near the town of Rainier.