- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have identified the body of a man who drowned in the waters off California’s Big Sur after trying to save a friend who had parachuted from a bridge and was lost in the ocean.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://sfg.ly/20bL4Lx ) Thursday that the body of Finnish national 42-year-old Rami Kajala was found Saturday near the bridge by crews searching for him and a 30-year-old Ventura woman. A coroner identified the body this week.

Officials have not found the body of the woman, Mary Katherine Connell. The two were BASE jumping on Jan. 20, but a search didn’t start until Jan. 23 when the man’s parachute and helmet camera were found. Footage from the camera revealed the two likely drowned.

BASE is an acronym for parachuting from buildings, antennas, spans and Earth.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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