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Base jumper makes jump, but requires rescue because too drunk to walk away

Here’s a new item from the Associated Press: TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Authorities in south-central Idaho say a 30-year-old South Carolina BASE jumper who successfully parachuted into the Snake River Canyon had to be rescued because he was too intoxicated to walk out on his own. The Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office says Walter Wooton of York County landed safely after the daylight leap Tuesday off Perrine Bridge into the 486-foot-deep canyon. Authorities tell The Times-News ( they received a call at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday from a man saying he jumped with Wooten earlier but Wooten hadn't made it back to the canyon rim. A helicopter landed in the canyon and found an intoxicated Wooten. Rescuers with the Twin Falls Fire Department then walked in to help him Wooten out. Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls is a popular BASE jumping spot.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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