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BASE Jumper Survives 876 Foot Fall: Would You Ever Try It?

News 2011/10/18 21:00:00
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Christopher Brewer is lucky to be alive.

The 27-year-old jumped from the 876-foot New River Gorge Bridge in Fayette, West Virginia, on Saturday in celebration of the city's 32nd annual Bridge Day -- the only day of the year people are allowed to BASE jump from the bridge. Normally, BASE jumpers deploy their parachutes before they hit the water. To everyone's horror, Brewer's parachute didn't open all the way.

Officials say Brewer's body was going 60 to 80 miles per hour, way too fast for comfort, but slower than he would have been going if he had not been wearing a wingsuit. The Florida native was immediately airlifted to Charleston Area Medical Center. The West Virginia Register-Herald reports he suffered a pelvic fracture, lung damage, and a spinal injury. As of Tuesday, reports claim he is in critical but stable condition.

BASE jumping is easily described by its acronym: Building-Antenna-Span-Earth. ("Span" refers to bridges; "earth" refers to cliffs.) The activity has become increasingly popular among adrenaline junkies ever since filmmaker Carl Boenish filmed some of the earliest examples of contemporary BASE jumping in 1978.

The MacArthur Advertiser warns that BASE jumpers have fallen to their deaths from heights much lower than the New River Gorge Bridge. Just this January, a 27-year-old man died BASE jumping from a 100 meter (330 foot) phone tower in Australia. Last September a 42-year-old woman plunged 451 feet to her death from the Alor Setar Tower in Malaysia.

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  • Chris 2011/10/20 00:48:36
    No
    Chris
    +2
    Screw that, we are meant to stay on the ground for a very good reason, we don't have wings.
  • Boss 2011/10/19 22:44:07
    No
    Boss
    +1
    m not the brightest..but this is sooooooooooooo stupid....
  • Paradox25 2011/10/19 21:52:38
    No
    Paradox25
    I already get all of the danger and excitement I need from my career. My time off is meant to be relaxing.
  • Shae 2011/10/19 21:11:33
    Yes
    Shae
    +2
    I would love to.

    queen latifah base jumping in last holiday
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2011/10/19 20:48:08
    No
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    I was never that stupid.
  • gouki 2011/10/19 20:41:27
    No
    gouki
    but i would like to try

    selena gomez
  • NatAlex23 2011/10/19 20:23:00
    No
    NatAlex23
    +1
    I have a fear of heights that makes it hard to be on a 5th story balcony. If I was in this scenario, and the fall didn't kill me, the heart attack I would've gotten would.
  • Mel 2011/10/19 18:42:18
    No
    Mel
    Not all that low height. It takess more than 200 feet for the wing suit to take effect.
  • Liz.Marie07 2011/10/19 17:30:51
    No
    Liz.Marie07
    +2
    I'm scared of heights! No way!
  • JoeM~PWCM~JLA 2011/10/19 17:19:57
    No
    JoeM~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    My life is BC and AD.. (before Children, After Daddy)

    BC ... Oh yea.
    AD... No way.
  • FluffyCupcakespanker~PWCM~JLA 2011/10/19 16:43:11
    No
    FluffyCupcakespanker~PWCM~JLA
    +8
    jason gif

    not unless this was chasing me!
  • Chi~Cat FluffyC... 2011/10/20 02:29:44
    Chi~Cat
    +1
    Agreed!
  • BoomLover 2011/10/19 16:14:26
    No
    BoomLover
    +1
    Nuff said.....
  • wamcalif 2011/10/19 16:05:26
    No
    wamcalif
    +5
    Not on purpose.

    pushed off cliff
  • Texas Johnny 2011/10/19 15:03:38
    No
    Texas Johnny
    +1
    I get nervous on a ladder!
  • john doe 2011/10/19 14:53:20
    Yes
    john doe
    Most definitely.
  • Omni 2011/10/19 14:46:47
    Yes
    Omni
    +1
    I have to try this some time. The thrill of going that fast would almost be too exhilarating :D
  • Greg Omni 2011/10/20 21:51:45
    Greg
    When you skydive you jump from 14,000 feet. You hit 200mph within the first few seconds.
  • Omni Greg 2011/10/20 22:33:35
    Omni
    Yeah, that's what excites me.
  • mutherearth 2011/10/19 14:07:28
    No
    mutherearth
    scared of bridges
  • Jyoti 2011/10/19 13:48:13
    Yes
    Jyoti
    but I am sure by the time I jump, I will end up getting a bad headach due to tension ..but still it will be awesome to do it once :)
  • Brian 2011/10/19 13:47:41 (edited)
    No
    Brian
    +1
    I refuse partiscipate in the in the evolutionary process of paring out the weak and the stupid form the human race.
  • john doe Brian 2011/10/19 14:58:02
    john doe
    +2
    Let's hope the next time you get into your car you are sorted out.
  • Brian john doe 2011/10/19 16:56:26
    Brian
    thanks that was real nice of you.
  • john doe Brian 2011/10/19 21:35:58
    john doe
    It's nice to know you think so fondly of base jumpers.
  • Greg john doe 2011/10/20 21:53:06
    Greg
    LOL
  • Caedus01 Sith Lord of the P... 2011/10/19 13:40:52
    No
    Caedus01 Sith Lord of the PHAET
    +1
    I've been clean for years now so..... NO
  • trudie 2011/10/19 12:52:03
    No
    trudie
    +1
    now that i have a kid no way
  • Ben 2011/10/19 12:19:01
    No
    Ben
    +1
    I don't feel the need for speed and I don't feel like I have to put my life on the line to get a thrill.
  • babaji5150~solo 2011/10/19 11:44:21 (edited)
  • davidl 2011/10/19 11:04:04
    No
    davidl
    +3
    Why somebody would jump off a perfectly good bridge escapes me.
  • Dixienc davidl 2011/10/19 12:26:28
    Dixienc
    +2
    I hear ya....it's like those people who jump out of perfectly good airplanes. LOL
  • davidl Dixienc 2011/10/19 12:35:49
    davidl
    (That's what I was thinking about at the time -- but I did once jump out of a perfectly good airplane in college just to see what it was like. Stepping out of the plane scared the hell out of me, but it was fun once I got used to falling)
  • Dixienc davidl 2011/10/19 12:38:03 (edited)
    Dixienc
    +1
    I have to have several stiff drinks to get ON a freakin airplane......no way I'd jump out of it. LOL I get nervous on high bridges. I'm OK if I have something solid under my feet...loved going up the Empire State Building. I can't handle there being nothing under me but air. Hell, I can get that catch in my stomach watching stuff on TV that shows extreme heights.

    edited for typo
  • davidl Dixienc 2011/10/19 20:47:12
    davidl
    If you're drunk, then they won't let you jump. They covered that in class ... in great depth, because seems like we all would have been quite happy to have a nice buzz to take the edge off ;)
  • El Prez 2011/10/19 08:58:05
    No
    El Prez
    I find it foolish and idiotic but to each his own.
  • Perfect Stranger 2011/10/19 08:28:16
    No
    Perfect Stranger
    +2
    I have two fears: (1) Heights. (2) Tight, confined underground spaces.
  • XZQZQ 2011/10/19 06:23:29
    No
    XZQZQ
    Nah... Being up high, supported from the ground, scares me.... on the other hand, jumping out of perfectly good airplanes was no problem, the couple times I tried it.
  • Kashee 2011/10/19 05:29:26
    No
    Kashee
    No way! I don't even want to jump off a curb. Knowing me, I'd land on my face.
  • mamacrash 2011/10/19 04:59:26
    No
    mamacrash
    More than no, it's a HAIL no. I enjoy adventure but that just scares the s#&t; out of me and I want to see my grandchildren get married.

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