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Wayward skydiver rescued from water

Posted January 9, 2011 2:07 p.m. EST
Updated January 10, 2011 8:27 a.m. EST

— Two of three people skydiving over the North Carolina coast Saturday were blown off course and had to be rescued.

Oak Island Mayor Betty Wallace said one person landed safely at the airport and another landed on Oak Island Drive. 

The third, Laura Mullen, 43, of Southport, landed in the water about 1 mile off the Oak Island Bridge. The Coast Guard and Oak Island police worked together to find her but the marsh was too dense to reach her by boat.

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer was able to guide Mullen to a boat.

She was suffering from hypothermia and was taken to Dosher Memorial Hospital, in Southport, Wallace said.