- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Some residents of Twin Falls, Idaho have asked BASE jumpers to cancel an event scheduled in their state as an alternative to West Virginia’s Bridge Day, after a series of BASE jumping accidents there and elsewhere last month left three people dead.

“The Other Bridge Day” was scheduled after organizers of the original Bridge Day, in Fayette County, announced that new security measures would be in place for jumpers and vendors at the West Virginia event this fall, the Charleston Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1cEJa3S ).

Following the announcement, some jumpers began planning the loosely organized Idaho event at Perrine Bridge.

Then, on May 7, a 73-year-old California man died while jumping from the bridge, after setting his parachute on fire, according to The Twin Falls Times-News. On May 16, Dean Potter and Graham Hunt died in a BASE jumping accident in California’s Yosemite National Park, where BASE jumping is illegal.

Alan Lewis, who created a Facebook event page for The Other Bridge Day, said he now doesn’t know if he will make the trip, but he is trying to spread the word that now isn’t the right time for a big group at the Idaho site.

“We’ll see what happens over the course of the summer,” he said.

Other Twin Falls residents have also expressed their concerns about why now is not the right time for the Idaho event.

BASE stands for Building, Antenna, Span and Earth, which are the four types of fixed points jumpers leap from with parachutes. About 450 of them typically turn out to jump off the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia every third Saturday in October.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com



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