Parachutists Flock To Bridge, Jump

It was an ugly fall day Saturday, but the falling rain failed to stop hundreds of falling parachutists.

On the 16th annual Bridge Day, parachutists came from around the world to plunge off North America’s second-tallest steel arch span, the New River Gorge Bridge near Fayetteville, about 40 miles from Charleston.

Despite rainy, 40-degree weather and winds up to 25 mph, 360 parachutists stepped, somersaulted or dived from the 876-foot-high bridge, the only day each year they could legally take the plunge. Only minor injuries were reported.


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