Friend: BASE jumpers in air just seconds before deadly crash

May 18, 2015 6:25 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A friend says the two BASE jumpers who died at Yosemite National Park over the weekend had been in the air just 15 seconds when they crashed into a ridge.

Extreme athlete Dean Potter and his climbing partner, Graham Hunt, were killed Saturday after jumping from a cliff about 3,500 feet above the park's valley floor.

Professional climber Alex Honnold, who knew both men, confirmed Monday that their bodies were found in a notch below Taft Point. He says they were trying to fly through the notch while wearing wingsuits.

With their arms and legs outspread and the webs between them catching rising air currents, they were supposed to glide downward just beyond the cliff face, then zoom through rocky outcroppings and over the trees to a safe landing.

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