Stawamus Chief BASE Jumper Dead After Leap From B.C. Peak

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SQUAMISH, B.C. — RCMP in British Columbia say a BASE jumper has died after the parachute apparently failed to open until it was too late.

The Mounties say the person jumped from the first peak of the Stawamus Chief Mountain, a popular spot for outdoors enthusiasts near Squamish, north of Vancouver.

Sgt. Jolaine Percival says witnesses have told police the person's parachute did not open until significantly after the jump on Sunday, and the person fell near the Sea-to-Sky Highway below.

The coroner has been called to the scene.

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A rock climber scales the face of a mountain called The Chief in Squamish, B.C. on July 21, 2010. The flat faced 700-metre granite mountain in Stawamus Chief Provincial Park just north of Vancouver is a popular spot for rock climbers and BASE jumpers. (Photo: Andy Clark/Reuters)

Percival says no further information about the person will be released while family members are being notified.

She says she believes the BASE jumper was with a group on Sunday, and the community of people who enjoy the activity is a tight-knit one.

"It's an adventurous kind of district that we live in, and people from all around the world flock to partake in activities like this,'' she says.

"Now, it's just ensuring that we deal with the family and get all the BASE jumper's belongings back to the family.''

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