BASE jumper’s chute fails to open near Rifle |

BASE jumper’s chute fails to open near Rifle

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs Post Independent

RIFLE – A rescue of a BASE jumper who’s parachute didn’t open is ongoing 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 man who fell after jumping from Anvil Point and his parachute failed to open.

Harris said that it took EMT’s between 30-45 minutes to reach the jumper. Authorities have not released the name of the jumper, but Harris said that his condition is “stable.” The extent of his injuries and how far the jumper fell are unknown.

The rescue is very technical, Harris said, but he estimated that the jumper would be off the mountain within two hours.

“He is still on the mountain because of the terrain,” Harris said.

Participating in the rescue are the Rifle Fire Protection District, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and Mesa County Search and Rescue, Colorado National Guard, and St. Anthony’s Flight for Life out of Frisco.

Harris said that rescuers were going to attempt a helicopter rescue.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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