Sunday, November 03, 2019

BASE: Fatal accident occurred November 02, 2019 in Jurupa Valley, Riverside County, California

CAL FIRE Riverside

Skydiver Fatality in Jurupa Valley RPT: 7:26 A.M.:  
At the Riverside Quarry near Sierra Avenue and 30th. 1 confirmed fatality. 1 ENG, 1 MEDSQ. 

A parachutist believed to have been attempting a BASE jump was found dead Sunday morning at the Riverside Quarry in Jurupa Valley, authorities said.

Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies and Cal Fire/Riverside County firefighters were called to the quarry near Sierra Avenue and 30th Street shortly before 7:30 a.m., where a man with a parachute was found, Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Vasquez said.

“It appears the individual was BASE jumping,” Vasquez said of the early investigation that continued Sunday morning.

It was believed he jumped Saturday evening, rather than Sunday, when he was found by a person who reported it to authorities, Vasquez said.

Cal Fire confirmed the death. The identity of the man was being withheld until relatives are notified.

The acronym for BASE jumping stands for the kinds of fixed platforms used in the practice of jumping from them and using a parachute: building, antenna, span or earth — the last can include cliffs or rock overhangs.

Due to fatalities and injuries associated with the practice, many local governments have made BASE jumping illegal, and it is also banned in National Parks.

The location of the Sunday incident is called Riverside Quarry on maps and in more recent articles about the spot. It is the site of the long-abandoned Jensen Quarry, and until recently was a popular spot for rock climbers.

It was temporarily closed to climbing in August of this year because of a home and park development in the quarry area.

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. Any charges filed against the jumper as it is illegal?

  2. ^^^ Yes, they are going to lock the dead body up in a jail cell. Rest In Pieces.

  3. He had a parachute on, yes, but was it open? A 'no' answer would go a long way in determining what went wrong.

  4. Lawsuit against the estate of the deceased.

  5. That's only about 100 feet high which means only about 2.5 seconds to impact on the ground at around 40mph (mostly a lethal impact on a hard surface but survivable into water vertically). That's not enough height to come even close to the velocity required to open a chute even 25%, let alone full. Well, chalk up another one who died doing what he loved to do.