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Holly Brittsan

Holly Brittsan
Date: November 15, 2011 Nationality: American
Object Type: Earth
Location: Rock Canyon - lower exit, Utah
COD: Impact / Hard landing
Clothes / Suit: Normal clothes

Description:

Holly was BASE #1367

This is the only account of the incident as Holly was jumping alone.
external witness report from The Salt Lake Tribune

I was hiking in the canyon and saw her fall. I heard the sound of her parachute opening. Her parachute appeared to open all the way but unfortunately not in time to avoid a fairly hard landing. She rolled and slid about 20 feet down a steep slope before coming to a stop. There was no movement for a few minutes but then I saw her sit up and then lay back down again. Rescuers arrived in the canyon in just a few minutes and it took another 15 minutes or so to hike to where she was. A biker had already hiked up to her while I directed the rescue crew to the right spot. When the biker came back down, he said she was breathing but couldn't get a response from her. The rescue crew performed CPR but were unsuccessful. The most frustrating part was that she came so close to making a good jump. Her chute was open but she was about 3/4 of the way down when it did. She needed just a few more feet. It did seem to me to be a rather short cliff to make such a jump but I have no experience. The margin for error seemed to be very small.

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