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Man died parachuting from San Diego high-rise as teen daughter watched, police say

The 48-year-old man was attempting to parachute from the 23-story Palisade UTC luxury apartment complex, near the UTC mall, police said.
/ Source: Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — A man was killed after attempting to parachute from the top of a high-rise apartment building in San Diego as his 16-year-old daughter watched, police said.

The man died after BASE jumping at around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in the University City neighborhood, police said.

The 48-year-old man was attempting to parachute from the 23-story Palisade UTC luxury apartment complex, near the UTC mall, police said.

The intersection of Lombard Place and Nobel Drive in San Diego
The scene of a parachute accident at the intersection of Lombard Place and Nobel Drive in San Diego.Google Maps

“We’re unclear as to whether the parachute malfunctioned or if it just didn’t have enough time to open up properly and deploy,” Capt. Scott Wahl said.

“We believe that his daughter was up on the rooftop with him, and was able to view what happened,” Wahl said.

According to police radio traffic, a 911 caller heard a “loud pop” similar to a gunshot, looked over a balcony and saw the man bleeding on the ground, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Wednesday.

Officers and paramedics gave the man CPR, but he died before he could be taken to a hospital, officials said. He wasn’t immediately identified.

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

It is illegal and participants can be cited for misdemeanors such as trespassing.