Two BASE jumpers rescued in Snake River Canyon

Two BASE jumpers rescued in Snake River Canyon

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 12:12 PM

TWIN FALLS -- Two BASE jumpers had to be rescued after jumping from the Perrine Bridge in two separate incidents Thursday afternoon.

Twin Falls City Public Information Officer Josh Palmer says the first accident happened around 1 p.m.  when dispatch got a call reporting that a man had hit the canyon wall while base jumping.

Twin Falls County deputies, Twin Falls Police officers, and Twin Falls firefighters responded to find the man on a ledge. Palmer says rescuers were able to get the man down on the ground at Centennial Park.

A Twin Falls Fire battalion chief says he was responsive. The man was taken to the St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center by air ambulance.

Palmer says he is in critical condition with internal bleeding and severe bone fractures.

Other BASE jumpers reported that it appeared that his parachute had malfunctioned.

BASE jumping was stopped for about an hour during the incident.

Palmer says another base jumper appeared to have trouble with his parachute opening as well and crashed into the Snake River around 3:45 p.m.

Twin Falls County water rescuers say the man was responsive when they pulled him from the water.

The second jumper was taken to St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center by ground ambulance. The extent of his injuries is unknown.

Palmer says two rescues in one day is very unusual.

"You know, it's rare. We do understand it's an extreme sport. I mean, anytime you involve the level of risk, there will be accidents, but having tow in one day in an anomaly," Palmer said.

Emergency workers in the city and county are specially trainer to specific rescue scenarios because of the popularity of base jumping at the bridge.

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