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A person died Tuesday night after jumping from a balcony at a high-rise apartment building in University City in an apparent parachuting mishap, San Diego police said.

The person, whose gender and age were unavailable, was wearing a helmet and was equipped with a parachute, police said. It appeared the parachute failed to open during a BASE jumping attempt, Sgt. Kevin Gibson said.

The incident was reported about 10:30 p.m. at an apartment building on the corner of Lombard Place and Nobel Drive, near the Westfield UTC shopping mall. According to police radio traffic, a 911 caller heard a “loud pop” similar to a gunshot, stepped onto a balcony and saw the person bleeding on the ground.

Officers and paramedics gave the person CPR but the person died at the scene.

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BASE jumping consists of parachuting from fixed objects, such as buildings. BASE is an acronym for the categories of objects people jump from: buildings, antennae, spans and earth, such as cliffs.

No further information was available Tuesday night.

Source: This post first appeared on sandiegouniontribune.com

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