Base Jumper Near Tamworth Escapes Serious Injury

base jumpingA base jumper whose parachute failed to open has had a “fortunate escape” after plunging 300ft (90m) from a telecommunications mast near Tamworth.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it attended a location near a transmitting station off Watling Street, Hints near Tamworth at just after 8.30am.

One ambulance together with a paramedic officer in a rapid response car and BASICS doctor were sent to the scene. The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) was also in attendance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said, “Crews arrived to find a man had been injured after his parachute failed to fully deploy following reports of a base jump attempt from a telecommunications mast. The man in his thirties was fortunate to escaped serious injury after he reportedly fell over 300 feet. He was treated for a pelvic injury at the scene.

“Medics stabilised his condition with the use of pain relief and he was immobilised with the use of a neck collar, pelvic splint and spinal board before being taken by land ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.”

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