BASE jumper rescued from cliff
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An Australian BASE jumper was rescued last week after his parachute got tangled on rocks about 250 feet above the ground in a canyon in Mill Creek area above Moab.

Grand County Sheriff’s Office personnel said they received a call for help at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Matthew Pittard, 21, was trying a 350- to 450-foot jump when a cross wind pushed his chute into the cliff, officials said in a news release.

His friends hiked out of the canyon and called for help. Because there were no roads in the area where Pittard was stranded, Grand County Search and Rescue workers had to hike to the site. Pittard’s friends rapelled down to him and lowered him to the ground, where the rescue team waited.

Pittard was transported by helicopter to Moab Regional Hospital. He fractured his foot in the incident, according to the news release.

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