Sunday 4th January 2015 – 2pm – Steve Parry.
A ‘base jumper’ has escaped serious injury after his parachute failed to fully deploy as he fell from a telecommunications mast near Tamworth.
West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm it attended a location near a transmitting station off Watling Street, Hints near Tamworth at just after 8.30am.
One ambulance together with a paramedic officer in a rapid response car and BASICS doctor were sent to the scene. The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) was also in attendance.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man had been injured after his parachute failed to fully deploy following reports of a base jump attempt from a telecommunications mast.
“The man in his thirties was fortunate to escaped serious injury after he reportedly fell over 300 feet. He was treated for a pelvic injury at the scene.
“Medics stabilised his condition with the use of pain relief and he was immobilised with the use of a neck collar, pelvic splint and spinal board before being taken by land ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.”