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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 3:13 p.m., Friday, January 6, 2006

Two skydivers pulled from ocean

Advertiser Staff

A 33-year-old woman from Japan and a 69-year-old skydive instructor were pulled from the ocean this morning after their tandem parachute missed the landing zone at Dillingham airfield and wound up about 300 yards offshore.

Fire rescue workers received a call at 10:01 a.m. that the two had landed in the water. Rescue workers arrived at the scene about 10 minutes later and were immediately met by volunteer rescue workers who were asking for knives to try and cut the pair free of the harness and parachute rigging.

Rescue workers estimated the pair landed in water that was waist-deep, but were knocked down by the large surf and became entangled in the parachute lines. Rescuers estimated that the pair were underwater for between 10 and 20 minutes before they could be freed. They were brought to shore and city paramedics began CPR, but were unable to restore a pulse, paramedics said.

The instructor was pronounced dead at Wahiawa General Hospital. The woman was in critical condition this afternoon.

The woman's boyfriend, who tandem jumped from the same plane, landed safely in the landing zone with his instructor.

The U.S. Coast Guard and lifeguards assisted in the rescue efforts.

HFD's Air One helicopter, several engines and several rescue boats were on scene by 10:15 a.m.