Base Jumper Gets Stuck on a Cliff, 600 Feet Up

August 6th, 2010 by Staff

NEAR INDEX, Wash. (www.myfoxphoenix.com)- A man who spent a night hanging 600 feet off the ground is safe, thanks to police in Washington state.

Once they rescued him, they immediately flew him to Granite Falls where he was arrested for an unrelated case. Skagit County officials booked Eldon Burrier on a district court warrant, accusing him of reckless endangerment.

According to reports, the 44-year-old had tried a similar stunt in May off a bridge in a state park.

Burrier was later released due to overcrowding at the Mt. Vernon jail.

On Tuesday, Snohomish County rescuers pulled him 200 feet up the cliff near Stevens Pass. He had been stuck there overnight after his parachute tangled during his Monday night leap.

Officers initially tried to reach him with a helicopter, but couldn’t, leaving him to dangle.

The man said he was making a memorial jump for a woman who died in July when her parachute didn’t open at the same spot.

Burrier’s 9-1-1 call:

Dispatcher:
“9-1-1 what’s your emergency?”

Burrier:
“Yeah ma’am, I jumped off Mt. Baring and I’m hanging on a cliff..my parachute is hanging on a rock on the side of the cliff, I’m just kind of hanging here. ”

Dispatcher:
“Do you have a back-up parachute on?”

Burrier:
“No, I’m just hanging from a rock with my strings right now, when it breaks..I’m dead.”


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