No, a skydiver didn’t get stuck on the Garden State Parkway

EAGLESWOOD — Rumors of a skydiver landing in the trees at the midpoint of the Garden State Parkway spread quickly Monday, but they weren’t true.

“We are receiving reports of a skydiver who may have landed in the trees near mile marker 58 on the north side of the Garden State Parkway,” Ocean County Scanner News said at around 3:30 p.m. Monday on Facebook. The viral publication and another like this have been shared hundreds of times.

But the reports were not based on reality and no one was in danger.

Ocean County Scanner News often shares overheard chatter about police scanners, which are notoriously unreliable and prone to phone game misunderstandings.

The location at exit 58 is about two miles down the parkway from Eagles Nest Airport at Eaglewood. And false alerts of paratroopers in danger are actually quite common.

Sal Mazza, who works on the Eagles Nest board of directors, told New Jersey 101.5 that state police contact him “half a dozen times” each summer about similar calls.

Eagles Nest Airport is just off the Garden State Parkway but not visible through the treeline. (Google Maps/christian horz)

Eagles Nest Airport is just off the Garden State Parkway but not visible through the tree line. (Google Maps/christian horz)

These skydivers fall in tandem with instructors working at East Coast Skydiving, which operates at the airport. Skydiving company management told New Jersey 101.5 in a statement that everyone landed safely inside the airport.

“What happened yesterday is quite common during the season. Drivers heading south on the parkway have a very limited view of the airport due to its location and the tree line on the center line of the boardwalk,” Skydive said.

Unaware that an airport is just across the treeline, it appears to drivers that the skydiver is hurtling through the trees.

Garden State Parkway spokesman Tom Feeney said there was no record of a report of the incident being sent to the Parkway or state police.

Rick Rickman is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at

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