Base Jumper Injured at Joshua Tree National Park

posted Nov 7, 2011, 6:37 PM by JTCA Contact   [ updated Nov 7, 2011, 6:44 PM ]

A Truckee, California resident was injured in an unauthorized base jumping incident on Monday morning, November 7 at Joshua Tree National Park. William Fleming, 23, received minor injuries when, after jumping from a cliff in the Oyster Bar area of the park, his parachute was blown by winds onto rocks as he descended. Fleming was treated on the scene by search-and rescue personnel and airlifted by helicopter to a nearby parking area. He was then taken by ambulance to Desert Regional Hospital in Palm Springs.

National Park Service rangers were notified of the accident at approximately 8:00 a.m. Joshua Tree Search-and-Rescue (JOSAR) personnel comprising eight park rangers and volunteers responded to the incident. Park staff was supported by emergency personnel from San Bernardino County Fire Engine 36, Morongo Basin Ambulance, two Riverside County helicopters, and a California Highway Patrol helicopter.

Rescue personnel found Fleming high up in granite rock and boulder formations on the northwest slopes of Ryan Mountain near an area known as the Oyster Bar. After receiving an initial assessment and first aid treatment for his injuries, Fleming was airlifted via short haul by one of the Riverside County helicopters to the Oyster Bar Parking Area where he was taken by ambulance to Desert Regional Hospital.

Rescue personnel were cleared of the incident by 12:15 p.m.

Joe Zarki
Public Information Officer
Joshua Tree National Park
JTCA Contact,
Nov 7, 2011, 6:37 PM