TROUTDALE (AP) A BASE jumping accident in east Multnomah County shut down all rail traffic as far east as Kansas City and along the West Coast as searchers looked for the victim on Sunday.
Emergency responders were first told that an illegal BASE jumper had plummeted to the ground after his parachute failed to properly deploy.
Although the group of BASE jumpers were launching themselves off the Crown Point promontory, 733 feet above the Columbia River near Corbett, Ore., the jumper did not have serious injuries and had just walked out on his own.
Because the BASE jumper did not have personal contact with authorities, the exact nature of the accident and the jumpers injuries are unknown, said Lt. Mary Lindstrand of the Multnomah County Sheriffs office
Multnomah County authorities say the rail lines were shut down because the search and rescue site was adjacent to Burlington-Northern-Santa-Fe tracks.
About 45 minutes into the search, an anonymous caller told them the BASE jumper had already left the area and didnt need any assistance. BASE is an acronym for those locations building, antenna, span and earth which are high enough for people to attempt to jump off wearing a parachute.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department prohibits BASE jumping in the scenic Columbia Gorge recreational area, in part because their landings often cause them to trespass on major railroad lines, said Sheriffs office field operations Lt. Mark Matsushima.