An injured base jumper was taken to hospital with back injuries after being rescued by Squamish Search and Rescue in an operation that lasted for over four hours yesterday.
SAR manager BJ Chute said the base jumper was blown back into the face of the Stawamus Chief mountain, and his parachute was entangled in a tree.
He was able to secure himself and call police, who called in Squamish SAR around 3:30 pm on Saturday, November 21.
SAR deployed 12 volunteers to set up a rope system to secure the base jumper and bring him back to a waiting ambulance.
Chute said the full extent of the base jumper’s injuries are not known, but he has sustained injuries to his back in the incident.
SAR volunteers were able to bring him back to the ambulance around 8 pm, but then climbed up the Chief to clean up the area.
Chute said base jumping accounts for a relatively small number of calls and the base jumpers are generally prepared for the sport.