Base jumper smashes into mountain

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by Ryan O'Donnell

KMOV.com

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 14 at 1:10 PM

PHOENIX -- Bobby’s Rock on Camelback Mountain is a popular rock to base jump from, but on Sunday morning, there was an accident.
 
“He's got significant injuries he is a trauma patient,” said Phoenix Fire Captain Scott McDonald.
 
Phoenix fire was called out to rescue a jumper who went into the mountain instead of way from it.
 
“He had a partial shoot deployment and at that time he went back into the cliff, hit the cliff, then his last 60 to 80 feet he fell to the ground,” said Capt. McDonald.
 
When paramedics arrived, they found a 24-year-old man pretty mangled and rushed him to a hospital.
 
“He's actually doing pretty good, but he is really banged up,” said Capt. McDonald.
 
But before he got an ambulance ride, a rescue team had to bring the man down from the ledge he crashed into.
 
“They used a long line or a line to control the decent to get him down,” said Capt. McDonald.
 
Amazingly, after the fall, the injured base jumper made a phone call, but it wasn't to 911.
 
“He was able to actually call a friend and then a friend called 911 and then he had some friends that got up there with him,” said Capt. McDonald.
 
Park police say base jumping is legal as long as the jumpers don't go off designated trail areas.
 
 

 

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