A 26 year old man was injured after he and his parachute ran into a cliff near the mouth of Provo Canyon.
On October 1, at about 7:35 P.M. dispatchers received a report of a B.A.S.E. jumper who was injured after he and his parachute ran into a cliff near the mouth of Provo Canyon. Orem and Provo Police, along with Utah County Sheriff's Deputies responded. An Orem Officer located the man, Adam Gardner, age 26, stranded on the cliff face on the north side of the canyon. Two of Gardner's friends had reportedly successfully jumped before he made the attempt that went bad. After running into the cliff face, about 300 feet below the spot from which he jumped, Gardner's parachute became snagged on the cliff, with him suspended in his harness. Gardner was suspended about 150 feet above the ground, with another 200 feet of a very steep slope below that.
Utah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue responded, along with ambulance and fire personnel from Orem Fire Department. In an effort to access Gardner contact was made with officials with Rocky Mountain Power and Central Utah Water Conservancy District. These officials were able to open gates enabling rescuers to have easier access to Gardner. One Search and Rescue member rapelled more than 300 feet to reach Gardner. Using a second rope he secured Gardner and then released him from his parachute. Gardner was then lowered to other SAR and medical personnel where they started IV's and secured him in a Stokes basket to be lowered to a waiting ambulance. Orem ambulance then transported Gardner to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. It appeared that Gardner may have sustained a broken ankle. He will also be treated for injuries related to his having been suspended for an extended period of time in his parachute harness. None of his injuries appeared to be life threatening.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912