Idaho BASE Jumping Accidents Up in 2012

July 3, 2013

The number of BASE jumping accidents in Twin Falls, Idaho, is up this year.

But rescue crews and local law enforcement say there is no cause for concern that the rescues are draining staff time or valuable resources.

So far in 2013, rescue teams have responded to five BASE jumping accidents, up from two last year and three in 2011.

Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Lori Stewart says the bottom line the rescues pose no major threat to agency resources.

In fact, the Times News reports that law enforcement devotes more time and energy to suicide attempts or the hundreds of car crashes that occur each year.

In most BASE jumping rescues, it volunteers from the county’s 50-person Search and Rescue Team who respond.

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