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It’s being called one of the most intricate rescues the Sedona Fire District has seen in years.Capt. Brian Ford, left, and firefighter Kai Kincheloe, on hill — joined by Nathan, a friend of the injured BASE jumper — use a radio to scout out a landing zone for a DPS helicopter to expedite the retrieval of the parachuting victim on the side of Lee Mountain on Monday, Nov. 11.

On Monday, Nov. 11, personnel from SFD were joined by Coconino County Search and Rescue and the Arizona Department of Public Safety to rescue a man who had BASE jumped from the top of Lee Mountain, near the Bell Rock Pathway. The 27-year-old man, whose name was not released, was one of three BASE jumpers from Prescott. The man’s chute malfunctioned, but he managed to steer into the cliff before falling an additional 15 to 20 feet.

BASE jumping is a recreational activity in which participants use a short parachute to break their fall from four types of objects that comprise the acronym: Building, Antenna, Span and Earth — aka a cliff.

For the full story, see the Friday, Nov. 15, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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