BASE jumper dies after his parachute fails to open (video)

Eiliv Ruud 
By: Hydar Tomar 

(Scroll down for video) A professional daredevil BASE jumper died while jumping off a 1,000-foot cliff after his parachute did not open.

According to the Sheriff's Office of Coconino County, the victim, 37-year-old Eiliv Ruud, was a very experienced BASE jumper and alpine bridge climber.

Ruud’s body was recovered from the bottom of the Salt Trail Canyon in Arizona, on Wednesday morning after he and two friends had traveled from Norway to BASE jump off the 1,000-foot cliff.

Salt Trail Canyon borders with the Little Colorado River, which is one of the largest tributaries of the Colorado River that flows through the Grand Canyon.

BASE stands for Buildings, Antennae, Towers and Earth. Those involved in risky jumps require extensive training and most reliable safety equipment, including parachutes.

His friends, a man and woman who are professional BASE jumpers as well, watched Ruud jump off the cliff. As his friends watched him jump, they saw a gust of wind knock him into the canyon wall. Ruud's parachute failed to deploy fully, which caused his body to fall to the floor of the canyon.

According to reports, the accident happened on Tuesday, but rescue helicopters cannot fly into the canyon after sunset, they had to wait until morning to look for Ruud’s body.

This video shows Eiliv Ruud and his friend Tom Erik Heimen testing the wingsuits in 2010.



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