BASE jumper killed east of Seattle when chute fails to open

BASE jumper killed east of Seattle when chute fails to open

Credit: Curt Eidem

A rescue crews gather in front of a Sheriff's helicopter that was used to recover the body of a base jumper who died near Baring, WA when her parachute failed to open.

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on July 25, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 8:09 AM

BARING, Wash. - A woman who parachuted off cliffs for sport died Sunday when her parachute failed and she fell about 800 feet on Mount Baring near Stevens Pass.

The Snohomish County sheriff's office says the 32-year-old Bothell woman was with her husband. He said he heard the pop of her parachute but didn't see her float away from the cliff.

Her body was found by Snohomish County Search and Rescue and recovered by helicopter.

BASE jumpers parachute from fixed objects. According to basejumper.com, "'BASE" is an acronym that stands for the four categories of objects from which one can jump; building, antenna, span, and earth.

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