TWIN FALLS, Idaho — A Canadian BASE jumper has died after her parachute failed during her fifth jump off the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Coroner Gene Turley identified the woman who died Friday evening as 34-year-old Kristin Renee Czyz, of Calgary.
Twin Falls County Sheriff Tom Carter says a BASE jumping expert is examining her parachute to see what went wrong. Carter says she was relatively inexperienced at BASE jumping and had completed about 40 jumps in her lifetime.
The Times-News says witnesses in boats near the bridge pulled Czyz from the Snake River and began CPR. They met emergency responders at a nearby dock where she was pronounced dead.
“Generally accidents at the bridge happen to people who are aggressive, pushing the limits, trying the things that are a little out of hand and that wasn’t her at all."
Czyz wasn't the type to be reckless, said an instructor at Snake River Base Academy, the school where she learned BASE jumping.
“Generally accidents at the bridge happen to people who are aggressive, pushing the limits, trying the things that are a little out of hand and that wasn’t her at all," Tom Aiello told Global News. "I don’t know what jumping she was doing but I knew her personally and I would not expect her to do anything like that.”
The death is the first BASE jump fatality at the Perrine Bridge this year. Last year, Bryan Turner, a Vancouver BASE jumper, died there when his parachute didn't open.
Perrine Bridge is the only man-made structure in the United States where BASE jumping is allowed daily without a permit.
With files from Emma Paling
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