07/19/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Suffolk, VA—A Navy SEAL was charged with trespassing after he and a friend BASE jumped from a cell phone tower, consequently resulting in the death of his fellow SEAL. The fatal BASE jumping accident occurred early Friday morning, July 16, 2010, according to information provided by WAVY.
Reports indicated two Navy SEALs were BASE jumping from a cell phone tower when something went wrong as one man leapt from the structure. That man, whose identity was withheld “out of respect for the military,” suffered fatal injuries in the jump.
The victim’s friend, identified as Jason James Tompsett, subsequently notified authorities of the incident. While emergency medical services (EMS) personnel were dispatched to the scene, the parachutist’s injuries seemingly proved fatal shortly after the incident.
Tompsett was apprehended, cited for trespassing, and then released on a signature, as no bond was requisite.
BASE jumping was defined as the act in which an individual jumps from a fixed object, such as a tower or bridge, and uses a parachute to glide down to the ground.
“The individuals, anytime they go on this property, they’re trespassing. It’s illegal, it’s very dangerous. But it’s very hard to catch these individuals. They go when it’s still very dark… and they leave the scene,” Suffolk Spokesperson Debbie George said.
The cause of the BASE jumping incident remains unknown.
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