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Man dies in Grand County BASE jumping accident

January 8, 2022 GMT

GRAND COUNTY, Utah (AP) — Utah officials say a 51-year-old man died in a BASE jumping accident in a remote part of Grand County.

Grand County Chief Deputy Sheriff Darrel Mecham told KUTV 2News that the man crashed around noon Friday while attempting a 1,100-foot jump.

BASE jumping stands for building, antenna, span and earth, and participants of the extreme sport launch their decent from tall objects using wingsuits or parachutes.

Mecham said the man was with a group of other BASE jumpers who hiked approximately six miles to the jump point. Search and rescue crews found the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. It took several hours to retrieve his body using a helicopter.

Mecham said details about the incident were limited. The man’s name was not immediately released.