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WESTLAKE : Authorities Unable to Locate Sky Divers

May 24, 1993|JEFF McDONALD

Sheriff's search and rescue personnel patrolled the Westlake area for three hours after residents reported parachutists had landed in a quiet residential neighborhood, authorities said Sunday.

Several residents watched at least one sky diver--and maybe two--jump from an unidentified plane about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

They landed near Westlake and Decker Canyon boulevards, said Sgt. Harold Humphries of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

"We did send our helicopter and search and rescue crew out until about midnight," Humphries said.

"But everyone thinks they walked out quickly as soon as they landed."

Humphries said rescuers were concerned that the jumpers may have hurt themselves or others, but they called off the search when no one turned up.

"They're not supposed to parachute into residential areas," he said. "There are too many electrical lines they could hit, or they could land on a tree or hit somebody's house.

"If (witnesses) could have got a number off the plane, we could have tracked it," Humphries added. "But there was nobody entangled on wires or in trees, so case closed."

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