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Elderly parachutist (73) dies after falling 500 feet in BASE jump

Published 09/05/2015 | 13:55

The Perrine Bridge is popular spot for BASE jumpers in the US Credit: Centennial Waterfront Park
The Perrine Bridge is popular spot for BASE jumpers in the US Credit: Centennial Waterfront Park

An elderly man has died after falling 500 feet during a Base jump in the United States.

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James E. Hickey (73) was killed when he jumped off a bridge over the Snake River Canyon in Idaho and his parachute deployed too late.

Officials said the experienced jumper was killed when he struck the water, reporting his cause of death “as blunt force trauma”.

Those with the 73-year-old retrieved his body from the river and brought him ashore.

The rescuers took turns performing CPR on Mr Hickey but when paramedics arrived they pronounce him dead, said a spokesperson for the local sheriff’s office.

it is still unclear as to why the parachute deployed so late, given that Mr Hickey is believed to have been involved in hundreds of similar jumps since he took up the sport a decade ago.

The Perrine Bridge is popular spot for BASE jumpers in the US.

Mr Hickey's death however is the second so far this year at the site.

The bridge is about 500 feet above the river.

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