British Columbia

Squamish Search and Rescue plucks base jumper off Stawamus Chief

Rescuers in Squamish say a man in his mid-30s was injured after a base jumping accident on Saturday at the Stawamus Chief.

Rescuers say man got caught in trees after being blown into cliff wall

The Grand Wall of the Stawamus Chief is a popular climbing site near Squamish, B.C. (Squamish RCMP)

Rescuers in Squamish say a man in his mid-30s was injured after base jumping on Saturday at the Stawamus Chief.

BJ Chute, a manager with Squamish Search and Rescue, said around 3:30 p.m. PT, the man became entangled after being blown back against the wall of the granite dome.

Chute said the man sustained back injuries, but was able to secure himself to the side of the Stawamus Chief until rescuers were able to reach him.

Members with Squamish SAR flew to the top of the Chief and then lowered a rescuer down to the injured man.

Another line was then dropped to the ground and the man was lowered down.

The area is a popular place to paraglide and base jump. Chute said similar accidents happen two to three times a year.

Corrections

  • A previous version of this story said the injured man was paragliding. In fact, he was base jumping.
    Nov 22, 2020 10:15 AM PT

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