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Teammate Saves Fellow Serviceman After Parachute Stunt Goes Awry

Plucked to safety.

Bournemouth Air Festival takes place on the beaches between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers with world famous display teams and the Royal Air Force (RAF) taking to the air and the Royal Navy just off the coast. (Getty Images/Ed Norton)

LONDON (AP) -- A British military stunt team member whose chute failed to open properly owes a big thank you to a teammate who grabbed his parachute and got them both to a safe landing.

The Red Devils display team was performing Friday at the Whitehaven Airshow in northwestern England. Eyewitness Lucy Milne told the BBC on Saturday that spectators watched aghast as one of the men frantically kicking before his teammate rescued him.

Bournemouth Air Festival takes place on the beaches between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers with world famous display teams and the Royal Air Force (RAF) taking to the air and the Royal Navy just off the coast. (Getty Images/Ed Norton)

 

A message posted on the show's Facebook page assured spectators that both were fine after "one team member caught his teammate and brought him into Queens Dock."

The Red Devils Parachute Team. Just to mention again the two team members are both fine following the failure of one of their chutes to deploy properly.

Posted by Whitehaven Airshow 2015 on Friday, June 19, 2015

Here is the Red Devils incident from last night, all images are strictly copyright Chris Gurney.

Posted by Whitehaven Airshow 2015 on Saturday, June 20, 2015

I would just like to take the time to clarify what happened with the Red Devils yesterday evening. All the parachutes...

Posted by Whitehaven Airshow 2015 on Saturday, June 20, 2015

The parachutists landed in water and were plucked to safety.

The Red Devils, comprised of members of the Parachute Regiment, carry out some 60 displays every year.

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