TWIN FALLS • Emergency responders rescued a BASE jumper whose parachute became tangled in the Perrine Bridge Tuesday evening.
Carla Jean "C.J." Segil, 26, of Big Bear, Calif., dangled halfway under the bridge for about an hour.
Segil was jumping when a gust of wind caught her chute and blew it into the bottom trestle of the bridge, leaving her hanging 10 to 15 feet below the trestle, according to the Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office.
About 30 people from the Twin Falls Fire Department, Magic Valley Paramedics Special Operations Reach and Treat Team and Twin Falls County Search and Rescue were involved in rescuing Selig. One member of the SORT team was lowered over the rail to her, secured her to his rescue lines and then cut her out of the chute, according to the sheriff's office.
Members of Search and Rescue who were on the catwalk under the bridge then pulled the jumper and her rescuer to the catwalk at 6:30 p.m.
Selig was uninjured, and rescuers then retrieved the chute. Both lanes of northbound traffic (toward Jerome) were closed during the rescue, and traffic was diverted to one of the southbound lanes.
In 2007, a BASE jumper became tangled in the bridge and rescuers lowered the man to a boat in the Snake River. A Twin Falls County Search and Rescue team member was lowered by rope over the railing of the bridge. A second team of rescuers hiked along the catwalk out to the middle of the bridge, standing above the BASE jumper near where his chute had snagged. That jumper suffered three broken bones.