Sacto 9-1-1
September 17, 2012
Foresthill Bridge jumper injured, stuck in tree

By Darrell Smith
dvsmsith@sacbee.com

Rescuers are working tonight to free an injured base jumper stuck in a tree under the Foresthill Bridge in Auburn.

The base jumper leapt from the bridge just before 9 p.m. but became caught in a tree on his way down, said CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant. The jumper remains about 100 feet above ground, Berlant said.

CalFire, Placer County and California State Parks crews have converged on the scene and are figuring how best to bring the base jumper to safety.

Darkness makes a helicopter rescue a risky venture, so responders have called a Pacific Gas & Electric boom truck from Marysville to try to pluck the jumper from the tree.

Though the jumper is hurt, rescuers have been able to talk to him, Berlant said.

The Foresthill Bridge is California's highest span and the nation's fourth highest at 730 feet. It's a popular leap for base jumpers, but because base jumping from the span is illegal, many make the leap at dusk or after nightfall, Berlant said.

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