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    Thousands watch man jump to his death during West Virginia Bridge Day festival

    FAYETTEVILLE, West Virginia Thousands of people watched a parachutist jump to his death from a bridge during a popular festival Saturday when his chute opened too late, a sheriff said.


    Brian Lee Schubert, 66, died of injuries suffered when he hit the New River, 876 feet (263 meters) below the New River Gorge Bridge, officials said. After the man's body was recovered and taken to a local funeral home, jumping at the festival resumed, said Fayette County Sheriff Bill Laird.


    Schubert, from Alta Loma, California, was an experienced BASE jumper, said Laird. He was taking part in West Virginia's annual Bridge Day festival, which typically draws an estimated 100,000 spectators and about 400 parachutists to the southern part of the state.


    Lew Whitener, a newspaper photographer covering the event for the Register-Herald of Beckley, said it appeared the chute did not start to open until the man was about 25 feet (7.5 meters) above the water

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    The fatality is the first since 1987 at the popular event. For one day a year, the National Park Service allows people to parachute off the world's second largest single-span bridge to the river below. To qualify to jump off the bridge, applicants must have skydived at least 50 times.

    There were a total of 804 separate jumps between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Laird said. Nearly 400 jumpers from 13 countries participated, and several minor injuries were reported. Laird said the jumping was allowed to continue because it did not appear weather was a factor in the accident

    http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/..._Day_Death.php


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    How horrific and what a shame. I am a little surprised that officials allowed the base jumping to continue!

    Shadow, I know that you are in WV. I am on the WV/Ohio border. The
    US Grant Bridge finally re-opened in Portsmouth last week. Thank God no accidents like this one occurred.

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    mfmangel1,

    I usually go to the Bridge Day Festival but did not go yesterday. I'm glad now that I didn't. These people that do the free base jumping know the risks involved.

    "It was the first BASE jumping death at Bridge Day since 1987 and the third since the event started in 1980."

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    I saw that on TV last night. How horrible.



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