Mystery surrounds parachute incident

MYSTERY surrounds an incident in which a parachutist was seen in distress in Suffolk.Police received two calls from members of the public on Friday saying they had seen a parachutist or possibly somebody attached to a motorised parachute in the Barham/Claydon area being in some form of distress.

By Danielle Nuttall

MYSTERY surrounds an incident in which a parachutist was seen in distress in Suffolk.

Police received two calls from members of the public on Friday saying they had seen a parachutist or possibly somebody attached to a motorised parachute in the Barham/Claydon area being in some form of distress.

An extensive search was launched involving the force's helicopter, dogs unit, and the Suffolk lowland search and rescue team but nothing was found.


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A police spokesman said: “We had reports from a couple members of the public with regards to witnessing what they believed and described as a parachutist - possibly a motorised parachute - being in some form of distress in that area.

“We have made extensive searches of the area utilising the Suffolk lowland search rescue, police dogs, the police helicopter and officers. Nothing has turned up as we speak.”

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Suffolk Constabulary is now appealing to anyone who might have witnessed the incident or who has any information to contact them.

A spokesman for the force said it may be the parachutist landed safely without any problems.

Anyone with information is asked to call Suffolk police on (01473) 613500.

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