Base Jumper Injured
A Truckee, California resident was injured during an unauthorized base jump on Monday morning, November 7 at Joshua Tree National Park. William Fleming, 23, received minor injuries when, after jumping from a cliff in the Oyster Bar area of the park, his parachute was blown onto rocks.
The park was notified of the accident at approximately 8 am and Joshua Tree Search-and-Rescue (JOSAR) personnel comprising eight park rangers and volunteers responded. Park staff was supported by emergency personnel from San Bernardino County Fire Engine 36, Morongo Basin Ambulance, two Riverside County helicopters, and a California Highway Patrol helicopter. Rescue personnel were cleared of the incident by 12:15 pm.
Did You Know?
In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. William Keys and his family are particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert. More...