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BASE jumper rescued from Provo Canyon cliff side

Published October 2, 2012 8:01 am

Snagged parachute • Two companions safely completed their leaps.
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A 26-year-old man was in good condition Tuesday after having been rescued from a Provo Canyon cliff side where his BASE-jumping parachute had snagged.

Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon said search and rescue workers were rushed to the scene about 7:30 p.m. Monday after passersby spotted the man dangling about 150 feet above a ledge on the cliff, located on the north side of the mouth of the canyon.

The rescued man's two companions had successfully completed their jumps from the 400-foot-high cliff without injury.

It took rescuers about six hours to first secure the trapped man, then release the parachute and lower him to the ledge, where he was then taken to an ambulance. Doctors at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center told deputies that the man, identified as Adam Gardner, suffered a broken ankle and had other minor injuries.

BASE jumping refers to an acronym for fixed objects participants with parachutes leap from, such as buildings, antennas, spans and earth.

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