TWIN FALLS • A 73-year-old BASE jumper died Thursday after his parachute deployed too late and he landed in the Snake River.
James E. Hickey of Claremont, California was an experienced jumper, officials said.
People who were with Hickey retrieved his body from the river and brought him to the docks at Centennial Waterfront Park, said Lori Stewart, sheriff’s office spokeswoman.
Deputies got the 911 call at 5:34 p.m.
Medics pronounced him dead, she said.
Thursday’s accident was the second BASE jumping fatality of 2015. Bryan Turner, 32, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, died at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center after a helicopter lifted him from the canyon floor March 10.
He hit the water after his parachute failed to open. Fellow BASE jumpers performed CPR until paramedics arrived and rescuers took turns performing CPR on Turner for about 30 minutes.
There was a BASE jumping event Thursday morning as a part of Idaho Gives and dozens of people had gathered on the canyon rim throughout the day but the accident did not appear to be related.