Man taken to hospital after hitting cliff, falling while BASE jumping

Posted at 4:48 PM, Sep 12, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-12 18:48:17-04

PROVO, Utah – A man was taken to a hospital by rescue crews after he slammed into a cliff side while BASE jumping and then slid down the rock face before falling about 20 feet to the ground.

Dean York, a public information officer for the Provo Fire Department, said a “freak accident” occurred in the area of Provo’s Rock Canyon when a BASE Jumper leaped from a cliff about 300 feet from the ground.

The man’s parachute opened, but then the man was slammed into the cliff side. He slid along the rocks and eventually fell an estimated 20 feet to the ground, where he rolled. Provo’s mountain rescue team and emergency responders located the man and put him into an ambulance to be transported to a nearby hospital.

Officials said the man was semi-conscious as he was being transported, but specific details regarding the extent of the man’s injuries were not immediately available.