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Bryan Turner, Vancouver Man, Dies BASE Jumping From Idaho Bridge

03/10/2015 02:08 EDT | Updated 03/11/2015 12:59 EDT
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Photos from Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls, ID. October 2013

A Vancouver daredevil died after his parachute failed to open during a BASE jump from an Idaho bridge.

Bryan Turner, 32, jumped from the Perrine Bridge on Monday, but plummeted straight into the river nearly 150 metres (500 feet) below. Several of his friends, who were also jumping that day, went out in kayaks and were able to bring Turner to shore, reported Reuters.

Paramedics soon arrived, but Turner later died in hospital.

BASE jumping is a daredevil sport that got its name back in the 70s. BASE is an acronym for the four types of fixed platforms parachuters can jump from: buildings, antennas, spans (such as bridges) and Earth.

The Perrine Bridge, which stretches over the Snake River Canyon, is a popular spot for BASE jumpers because it's the only man-made structure in the United States where the sport is allowed daily without a permit.

Turner, who was originally from Vancouver, had been living in New York before his death.

His friend, Zahra Aldunia, told CBC News that Turner wrote a letter in 2013 in case he was killed pursuing his passion.

"If I die BASE jumping … don't waste time being upset about my dying; be upset about the seven million kids that die every year," he wrote.

Aldunia said Turner created a group called Students To End Extreme Poverty, while they were studying at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Last year, two people were seriously injured BASE jumping from the same bridge. According to Indiana's Daily Reporter, the two parachutes got tangled together after the jumpers lost their balance and fell too close to one another.

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