Rifle base jumper’s chute fails to open; rescuers respond
July 22, 2009
RIFLE, Colo. – A rescue was under way Wednesday for a base jumper who’s parachute failed to open near Rifle.
According to Deputy Fire Chief Chad Harris of the Rifle Fire Protection District, authorities received a call about 9:50 a.m. Wednesday about a base jumper who fell after jumping from Anvil Point because his parachute failed to open.
Base jumpers use a parachute for jumps from stationary objects.
Harris said it took EMTs some 30 to 45 minutes to reach the jumpers. Authorities have not released the name of the individual, but Harris said his condition is “stable.” The extent of his injuries and how far the jumper fell was not unknown.
The rescue is a technical one, Harris said, but he estimated the jumper would be off the mountain within two hours.
“He is still on the mountain because of the terrain,” Harris said.
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Participating in the rescue are the Rifle Fire Protection District, Garfield and Mesa County Search and Rescue, the Colorado National Guard, and St. Anthony’s Flight for Life, based in Frisco.
Harris said rescuers were going to attempt a helicopter rescue.