A BASE jumper was rescued Tuesday evening after her parachute caught a gust of wind and wrapped around the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho. Crews from the Twin Fall County Sheriff’s Department, Twin Falls Fire Department, and the Magic Valley Paramedics Special Operations Reach and Treat Team reported to the scene of the accident and were able to reach the BASE jumper, 26-year-old Carla Jean Segil, who was hanging 10 to 15 feet below the bridge’s trestle. Rescue team members set up on the catwalk under the bridge and pulled her to safety when her tangled ropes were cut and she was released from her parachute pack. Segil was not injured.
The Perrine Bridge is a 1,500-foot truss arch four-lane bridge that crosses 486 feet above the Snake River Canyon. It is a popular, and legal, launch pad for BASE jumpers and paragliders, who use it to access the canyon below.