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Cops: Two skydivers collide in midair; one person lands on tree

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09/05/2015 3:15 PM |

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Update 12:30 p.m. Sunday: One of the skydivers injured in a mid-air collision Saturday afternoon remains listed in “serious” condition, authorities said.

Patricia Baronowski, who suffered a head injury in the accident, is still being treated at the hospital, according to a Stony Brook University hospital representative.

The other skydiver, Kevin Arcamona, was discharged yesterday after receiving treatment for a leg injury, the representative said.

Police had earlier said the pair’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Original Story: A skydiver got stuck in a tree after colliding with another person during a free fall Saturday afternoon in Calverton, Riverhead Town police said.

Kevin Arcamona, 29, of Island Park was skydiving with Patricia Baronowski, 46, of East Farmingdale and another unidentified person at Skydive Long Island shortly after 12:30 p.m. when he hit Ms. Baronowski’s head with his knee and knocked her unconscious, police said.

The reserve parachute for Ms. Baronowski activated automatically and she landed on a tree between 15 to 20 feet above the ground, officials said.

She suffered a head injury and was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, police said.

Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corp transported Mr. Arcamona to Stony Brook University Hospital with a leg injury, officials said.

Ms. Baronowski and Mr. Arcamona’s injuries appear to be non-life threatening, police said.

Skydive Long Island officials weren’t immediately available for comment.

No other details about Saturday’s incident was immediately available.

In July 2012, a first-time skydiver and her instructor were also rescued from a tree after they were blown off course by sudden gusting winds.

Photo: The scene of Saturday’s rescue efforts at Skydive Long Island in Calverton. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

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