August 3, 2010 in Region

Rescued Baring BASE jumper arrested

 

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Authorities say a BASE jumper who spent the night hanging from parachute straps on Mount Baring was rescued Tuesday and flown to Granite Falls where he was arrested for an unrelated case in Skagit County.

Sheriff’s Deputy Will Reichardt says 44-year-old Eldon Burrier, of Lynnwood, was booked into jail on a district court warrant accusing him of reckless endangerment in May at a Washington state park. Burrier was released because of overcrowding at the jail in Mount Vernon.

Snohomish County rescuers had pulled him 200-feet up the cliff near Stevens Pass where his parachute tangled in a Monday night leap.

The man said he was making a memorial jump for a Bothell woman who died July 25 when her chute didn’t open at the same spot.

BASE is an acronym: buildings, antennae, spans (bridges) and earth (cliffs).


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