(PINAL COUNTY, Ariz.) — A BASE jumper who leapt from an area of Arizona’s Superstition Mountains that reaches 600 feet has been rescued from a crevasse after getting stuck when his parachute became caught in the side of a cliff.
According to the Pinal County Sheriff’s office, the 30-year-old man from Casa Grande, Arizona hiked to the top of the mountain with a group of friends who planned to leap from the top and parachute to the ground, according to ABC News 15. After two of the man’s friends successfully executed the jump, the man decided to take the leap.
He had problems with his parachute pack because he had it packed on backwards according to News 15.
The man, who had his cell phone on him when he made the leap, reportedly told rescuers that his chute should have deployed and pushed him away from the mountain, but instead dragged him into it.
The man was reportedly lodged in a crevasse nearly 150 feet from the ground when he was rescued.
According to mountain rescuers, the man, who is now recovering with a minor ankle injury, would have plummeted to his death and died. They say that he was lucky that the wind pushed him into a crevasse, where he was able to hold on for rescue teams to arrive.
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