Investigators: Helmet camera captured deadly BASE jump

May 19, 2015 3:52 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An illegal BASE jump that ended in the deaths of two men was captured on video by a camera mounted to one of the jumper's helmets.

Authorities at Yosemite National Park say they're reviewing the footage to determine what went wrong. It has not been released to the public.

Dean Potter and Graham Hunt donned wingsuits and leaped from one of the park's cliffs Saturday. They were trying to glide through a notch in a ridgeline but slammed into a rocky outcropping.

Mike Gautheir, Yosemite's chief of staff, says the helmet video shows Hunt hit the ridge first.

Potter swooped left, possibly to avoid his partner, but he hit the rocks a split second later. The two died instantly.

Gauthier tells the San Francisco Chronicle officials are trying to recreate the accident using the GoPro footage and bystanders' photos.

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