DCSportbikes.net  
» Help Support .NET!
DCSportbikes Premier Membership for 25$ per year. Discounts! Click here for full information.

Now available in the .NET Shop:



Get your DCSBN Gear!
» Shoutbox
Sorry, only registered users have the ability to use our real-time shoutbox to chat with other members.

Register now, it's free!
» Online Users: 524
2 members and 522 guests
davidcycle, GRN96WS6
Most users ever online was 4,519, September 2, 2015 at 03:26 AM.
Go Back   DCSportbikes.net > Non-Sportbike Forums > Non-Sportbike Chat

Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools
BASE Jumper Dies During W.Va. Festival
Unread
  (#1)
Face Down @$$ UP
 
WvGoDFather's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,776
Join Date: September 11, 2005
Location: Eastern Panhandle of Wv
Unhappy BASE Jumper Dies During W.Va. Festival - October 22, 2006, 09:46 AM

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP)
A parachutist who jumped to his death from a bridge during a festival when his chute opened too late was a retired police lieutenant and an outdoor enthusiast, a former colleague said.
Brian Lee Schubert, 66, died of injuries suffered when he hit the water 876 feet below the New River Gorge Bridge during the annual Bridge Day festival on Saturday, said Fayette County Sheriff Bill Laird.
Schubert, of Alta Loma, Calif., had been well known in the sport of BASE jumping since 1966, when he and a friend became the first people to jump from El Capitan, a nearly 3,000-foot-tall rock formation, in California's Yosemite National Park.
The sport's acronym stands for the places jumpers usually leap from: buildings, antennae, spans and earth.

Schubert retired from the Pomona, Calif., police department in 1989.
"He was a well-respected lieutenant here for a number of years," Lt. Mark Warm told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin of Ontario, Calif. "He retired and started his own private investigation business."
Schubert was always willing to help his friends get started in outdoor activities, Warm recalled, adding that the men had recently discussed going fishing together sometime in the future.
Thousands of people witnessed the jump.

Lew Whitener, a newspaper photographer covering the annual Bridge Day festival for the Register-Herald of Beckley, said it appeared Schubert's chute didn't start to open until he was about 25 feet above the water. The crowd gave a collective gasp, he said.
"It was everybody kind of held their breath then an eerie silence afterward. Everybody kind of looked at each other and said 'Wow,'" Whitener said.
A large rock obscured the crowd's view of the man's body hitting the water, Whitener said.
The fatality is the first since 1987 at Bridge Day, which typically draws an estimated 100,000 spectators and about 400 parachutists to the southern part of the state.
For one day a year, the National Park Service allows people to parachute off the world's second largest single-span bridge to the river below. The bridge, a well-known icon in West Virginia, is featured on the back of the state's quarter.

To qualify to jump off the bridge, applicants must have skydived at least 50 times.
Jumping at the festival continued after Schubert's body was recovered and taken to a funeral home. Laird said officials allowed it because weather didn't appear to be a factor in the accident. There were 804 separate jumps Saturday, officials said.
"No measurable winds or anything would appear to have contributed to adverse conditions making this any more dangerous than base jumping would ordinarily be," Laird said.
Mathis Reimann, who jumped within an hour after the accident, said Schubert's death made him think about safety.
"It's a dangerous sport and makes it clear that you really have to be careful," said Reimann, who lives in Michigan.
Since 1981, there have been at least 100 BASE jump fatalities around the world, according to the World BASE Fatality List, a Web site maintained by a BASE jumper.


"If brains were gas. You wouldnt have enough gas, to drive a piss-ants' motorcycle, half-way around a BB."
  Send a message via AIM to Send a message via Yahoo to WvGoDFather Send a message via MSN to WvGoDFather  
Reply With Quote
Unread
  (#2)
Diddle e i
 
Mocaba's Avatar
 
Posts: 779
Join Date: August 22, 2004
Location: Arlington
October 22, 2006, 09:51 AM

RIP to him. At least he died doing something he enjoyed.


~ John ~

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, and the lesson afterwards

http://www.dcsportbikes.net/photoplo...14/1_honda.jpg

  Send a message via AIM to Send a message via ICQ to Mocaba Send a message via Yahoo to Mocaba Send a message via AIM to Mocaba Send a message via MSN to Mocaba Send a message via Skype™ to Mocaba 
Reply With Quote
Unread
  (#3)
What's today? aah fuck it
 
---> Venom <---'s Avatar
 
Posts: 14,163
Join Date: April 30, 2004
Location: classified
October 22, 2006, 10:06 AM

This reminds me of a good story:

My high school photography class teacher was a retired army staff sargent. This was in UT, btw. He once told our class about a similar incident that he witnessed. There was some festival during the x-mas holidays, where a guy wearing a Santa outfit sky dived off of a plane and the plan was to land in the middle of where the parade route ended - a huge parking lot. Well, let's just say santa got to the parking lot w/o anything slowing down the force of gravity. *ouch* He hit a light pole so hard he bent the steel pole that runs parallel to the ground, and he squirted quite a bit. *ouch again* There were thousands of people watching, many of them kids. When the kids would ask where's Santa, he'd say "he went to the south pole" ...crude military humor at its finest!

Last edited by ---> Venom <---; October 22, 2006 at 10:09 AM..
  Send a message via AIM to  
Reply With Quote
Unread
  (#4)
whats in your drink?
 
DRAGULA's Avatar
 
Posts: 7,808
Join Date: May 25, 2004
Location: Mineral VA. If you know where it is you can pass go
October 22, 2006, 04:00 PM

R I P


Tell 'em Large Marge sent ya!
X
Take care of new riders, we were them, and they will be us.
  Send a message via AIM to  
Reply With Quote
Unread
  (#5)
Owner & Creator
 
Carnage's Avatar
 
Posts: 16,418
Join Date: June 11, 2003
Location: TROLL WORLD
October 23, 2006, 09:34 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by BlacKat
This reminds me of a good story:

My high school photography class teacher was a retired army staff sargent. This was in UT, btw. He once told our class about a similar incident that he witnessed. There was some festival during the x-mas holidays, where a guy wearing a Santa outfit sky dived off of a plane and the plan was to land in the middle of where the parade route ended - a huge parking lot. Well, let's just say santa got to the parking lot w/o anything slowing down the force of gravity. *ouch* He hit a light pole so hard he bent the steel pole that runs parallel to the ground, and he squirted quite a bit. *ouch again* There were thousands of people watching, many of them kids. When the kids would ask where's Santa, he'd say "he went to the south pole" ...crude military humor at its finest!
Only venom would think of that hahah. Good one!
  Send a message via AIM to  
Reply With Quote
Unread
  (#6)
What's today? aah fuck it
 
---> Venom <---'s Avatar
 
Posts: 14,163
Join Date: April 30, 2004
Location: classified
October 23, 2006, 10:37 AM

That's a great story. In fact, after he told that story, we spent the whole class discussing what Santa's last words could have been as he fell to his death.

  Send a message via AIM to  
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
vBulletin Skin developed by: vBStyles.com
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest 2002-2010 by DCSportbikes.net. DCSportbikes.net is owned by End of Time Studios, LLC.