New Jersey man dies while BASE jumping at Baring Mountain

He hit the side of the mountain. Search and rescue teams navigated difficult terrain to get to him.

INDEX — The body of a New Jersey man was recovered Friday after he suffered fatal injuries in a BASE jumping accident on Baring Mountain, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Witnesses reported seeing two men BASE jump from a cliff around 12:30 p.m. Thursday. They saw the New Jersey man, 23, hit the side of the mountain before disappearing. A helicopter pilot with the sheriff’s office later found the man’s parachute on the north side of Baring Mountain, but couldn’t see the man.

The terrain, steep and covered in trees, was too difficult for ground teams on Thursday, so search and rescue crews made plans to go out on Friday, sheriff’s spokesperson Courtney O’Keefe said. From the Barclay Lake Trailhead, the challenging ascent to the peak gains about 3,500 feet in elevation, according to the Washington Trails Association.

Four volunteers with Everett Mountain Rescue were flown by helicopter and dropped off near where the parachute was found. They took hours to hike up to the location, O’Keefe said. They found the 23-year-old deceased.

His body was hoisted out and flown to Skykomish Airfield. His identity, as well as the cause and manner of his death, will be determined by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Standing at 6,125 feet high, Baring Mountain is a popular BASE jumping site and a place where people have died in the past.

In July 2010, a Bothell woman died when her parachute failed to open properly. A week later, another BASE jumper had to be rescued when his parachute lines snagged on a rocky outcropping. He said he was paying respects to his friend, the woman who died. It took 52 volunteers to get him down.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; Twitter: @zachariahtb.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Mark James (left) and April Berg.
Moderates may decide a million-dollar battle for state House

Democrat April Berg and Republican Mark James are dueling in the 44th, a political swing district.

Lilah 2 TEASER
Langley man builds automatic candy dispenser for Halloween

People are still finding ways to partake in the holiday’s celebrations in a safe manner.

As seen in body-camera video, an Everett police sergeant places handcuffs on Joseph Michael Hill, 39, while kneeling on his back. Everett's chief says it was reasonable use of force. Hill's attorney disagrees. (Everett Police Department) 20200524
Plea deal reached in case of Black man pinned by Everett cop

Joseph Hill’s arrest led Everett police to amend their policy. All charges except resisting arrest were dropped.

Three people were shot at the Boo Han Oriental Market Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, off of Highway 99 in Edmonds. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Charges: Boo Han shooter stalked wife, sent alarming texts

Duy Nguyen is charged with killing his wife’s friend and wounding two others at an Edmonds market.

A masked passenger sits in front of an empty row of seats on an Alaska Airlines flight from Spokane to Sea-Tac Monday evening. (Julie Muhlstein) 20201026
Flying to see family, it was a risk that seemed like a must

After eight months of not seeing my 98-year-old mom, a trip to my Spokane hometown was short and sweet.

Firefighters were dispatched to a burning home Wednesday night in Monroe. (Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue)
Fire crews fight blaze at Monroe-area house throughout night

No injuries were reported. Access to water was a challenge as firefighters fought the flames.

Darrington man sentenced in death of 2 horses he starved

He submitted an Alford plea, not admitting guilt but acknowledging a jury would likely convict him.

Monroe Police Department
Police search for Monroe bank robbery suspect, hope for tips

A search with a police dog and drone could not track down the suspect Monday afternoon.

Capt. Robert Palmer (City of Snohomish)
Snohomish chief: ‘Please don’t open carry on the streets’

In a letter to the community, Robert Palmer also asks that protesters during this tense time remain peaceful.

Most Read