daughter watches father die after failed san diego base jump

Daughter Watches Father Die After Failed San Diego BASE Jump

A 48-year-old father died last Tuesday during a failed BASE jump from the 23-story Palisade UTC apartment building in the University City section.

Cops responded after a caller reported hearing a loud pop. The witness then stepped onto a balcony and spotted the victim bleeding on the ground below, the outlet stated.

daughter watches father die after failed san diego base jump | a 48-year-old father died last tuesday during a failed base jump from the 23-story palisade utc apartment building in the university city section.

The man, whose 16-year-old daughter witnessed his fatal leap, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“It’s not just one life lost, it’s another that is completely devastated,” San Diego police Capt. Scott Wahl told the Union-Tribune. “Our heart goes out to her and the rest of his family.”

Wahl said the man jumped up off the top floor of an upscale apartment building.

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“We’re unclear as to whether the parachute malfunctioned or if it just didn’t have enough time to open properly and deploy,” Wahl said. “But ultimately this person ended up hitting the ground and dying there.”

The man was an experienced BASE jumper, however, it is not clear just how he got atop the building, Wahl told KSWB.

“He had planned to deploy a parachute and survive the jump,” Wahl said. “He’s got a history of doing different types of jumps. Really it’s a tragic event. It’s one that’s absolutely avoidable.”

The apartment building is an estimated 277 feet tall, according to an online database of skyscrapers.

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Police said the man had on complete BASE-jumping gear at the time, including a parachute and a helmet. His daughter was taken to a hospital for observation.

“At this point, we believe that his daughter was up on the rooftop with him, and was able to view what happened,” Wahl told KGTV. “As a father of four kids, I can’t imagine the devastation that this family is going through.”

BASE jumping — or parachuting from fixed objects instead of airplanes — stands for Buildings, Antennas, Spans and Earth. People — or dogs — who partake in the extreme sport risk serious injury or death and can face criminal charges if caught in the act.

“It is a crime to jump off the top of a building like that, for obvious reasons,” Wahl told KGTV. “Being a misdemeanor, it can be a citable offense and it can be a bookable offense.”

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