Jeb Corliss, 35, an American professional base jumper was injured after crashing into a rock part of the way down Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.
In a report on Jan 17 The Cape Times newspaper says the well know base jumper could face charges as the jump was illegal. Jeb Corliss is in intensive care in a Cape Town hospital after suffering serious leg injuries. A spokeswoman for the Table Mountain National Park said:
“The danger associated with base jumping does not allow us to issue permits. He did not have permission. We will definitely fine him and possibly press charges.”
Base jumping is an extreme sport where the jumper leaps off buildings, bridges and other unusual surfaces. They free-fall and then open a parachute just before landing. Corliss has jumped off a number of unusual sites such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Petronas Towers in Malaysia and the Golden Gate Bridge. He is however banned from the Empire State Building in New York.
The BBC reports that another jumper on the mountain, Joby Ogwyn, who jumped before Corliss and was waiting at the bottom for him did not know what had gone wrong with Corliss' jump.
"It could have been a strange gust of wind, it could have been that he got too close to the mountain."
Jeb Corliss' personal website says "He is one of the world’s foremost and best-known BASE-jumpers and wing-suit pilots. BASE stands for Building, Antenna, Span (bridges) and Earth (cliffs) all objects practitioners leap from using a parachute. In 14 years, Corliss has made more than 1,000 jumps." The latest blog on his site says that he was suffering with the flu in the days leading up to his Table Mountain jump.
His Facebook page has received over a hundred comments after the news of his fall broke, most offering him support and one stating that he is being operated on for two broken femurs as well as other injuries.
The Cape Town authorities have taken a very dim view of his stunt and he is likely to face at the least a fine if not charges. The authorities are concerned that others will now attempt to follow their hero's stunt even though no permits are issued for base jumping from Table Mountain.