Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Base jumper survives 880ft fall

27 year old Christopher Brewer survived a death jump of 880 feet from the Fayette Ville bridge in Virginia. 

The young man wore a specially designed wing suit and a parachute for the extreme height jump during the annual Bridge Day Festivities, attended by more than 100,000 spectators.

Everything seemed OK, until Brewer pulled the tug cord to open his chute that failed to open at the right height causing the jumper to smack into the river at 80 miles per hour.

The man survived the fall in part because of the wing suit he wore, although he didn’t come off it completely uninjured.

Brewer sustained a hip fracture and damage to his spine and lungs from the impact on the water. He is listed in stable condition.

Brewer was the second jumper whose jump didn’t go as planned on Bridge Day Celebration. Earlier another jumper had been carted off to the hospital with serious injuries when his parachute failed to open as well.

Base jumping is an acronym that stands for four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: buildings, antennas, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs).

To be considered a base jumper, a person must have made at least one jump from each of the four categories.

BASE jumping is one of the world’s most dangerous recreational activities, with overall fatalities in 2002 estimated at about one death per sixty participants.

You can watch the video here.

News Source: nodeju.com