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Skydiver in 'giant squirrel suit' stuck in tree for four hours

Posted at 11:52 AM, Aug 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-14 11:52:55-04

DUNSTABLE, MA (WCVB/CNN) - A skydiver ended up spending a little extra time off the ground - four hours extra.

The police and fire departments were called to a tree where Aatif Rathad was stuck Sunday evening.

"I was flying a wingsuit, a giant squirrel suit, and I couldn't reach my pull handle to deploy my main parachute. So after three tries, I still had enough altitude. I decided to go into my emergency procedures. I cut my main parachute and pulled my reserve," Rathod said.

He was relieved to make it down without getting seriously hurt.

"I don't understand how this happened but I landed perfectly in a tree sitting on a branch, so as luck had it, I was OK," he said.

Rathad wasn't hurt and turned down an offer to go to the hospital.

He also says this incident shouldn't prevent others from skydiving, something he called a "very safe sport."

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