TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — A 38-year-old man from California was pronounced dead shortly after 12 p.m. Monday, when the individual's parachute deployed late after performing a jump at the Perrine Bridge.
A 38-year-old man from California was pronounced dead shortly after 12 p.m. Monday, when the individual's parachute deployed late after performing a jump at the Perrine Bridge. (KMVT/Garrett Hottle)
The Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office said the man was jumping simultaneously with his wife, who made a safe landing. The man, identified as Brandon John Chance of Oceanside, California landed in the water and was pulled to the shore by his wife who began performing CPR. Twin Falls County Sheriff's deputies and Magic Valley Paramedics responded in a boat and assisted in CPR, but the man was pronounced dead.
“So about 12:15 p.m., we responded to the Perrine Bridge for report of a base jumper that had jumped off the Perrine Bridge and had a late deployment of their chute,” said Ron Aguirre, battalion chief with the Twin Falls Fire Department. “Our crews responded and we sent half our crews to Centennial, the other half to the top so we could get the best birds eye view."
William Zekan, a witness who said he the saw incident unfold, described seeing a pair of individuals jump from the Perrine Bridge at the same time, and that one person's chute deployed and they landed safely. While the other person's opened shortly before the water and that they landed near bank.
“We watched a couple jump off the bridge together," Zekan said. “There were some younger kids that came running down, telling him she was in the water.”
UPDATE: 6:49: An earlier version of this article indicated nearby kayakers pulled Brandon John Chance to shore and started CPR. At 6:33 p.m. the Twin Falls County Sheriff's Department reported that the wife of Brandon John Chance was the one to pull him to shore and started CPR.