Photo: ABC News
This BASE jumper royally screwed up, but was lucky enough to survive his near-fatal error.Sam Baker, an experienced hiker and BASE jumper, attempted a jump off a 600-foot cliff at Arizona’s Superstition Mountains, but things went terribly wrong, reports Steve Kuzj at ABC 15.
Apparently, he packed his parachute backwards.
When he deployed his chute it slammed him straight into the face of the cliff, instead of away from it. Rescuers said that he would’ve certainly plummeted to his death, but miraculously, the wind took him into a crevasse, where he landed on a ledge about 150 feet above the ground, according to Kuzj’s report.
It took rescuers four hours to reach Baker, who didn’t even need much medical attention. He is now recovering from a minor ankle injury, reports Kevin Dolak at ABC News.
Here’s a short video of what the scene looked like, from ABC News:
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