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New Mexico man dies in BASE jumping accident near Moab

The Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter helped retrieve the body of a New Mexico man who was killed in a BASE jumping accident outside of Moab on Thursday.

The Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter helped retrieve the body of a New Mexico man who was killed in a BASE jumping accident outside of Moab on Thursday. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)


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MOAB — A BASE jumper was killed in Grand County on Thursday, according to a statement from the Grand County Sheriff's Office.

According to a prepared statement, Jesus Miguel Diaz, 27, of New Mexico, was found unresponsive in an area about three miles east of Moab. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter was used to retrieve Diaz's body. The Grand County Sheriff's Office called the incident a "BASE jumping accident," but no other details about what happened were immediately provided. BASE stands for building, antenna, span (such as a bridge) and earth (such as a cliff).

In an unrelated incident, a 55-year-old Moab man was also killed in a BASE jumping accident in January. The man was wearing a wingsuit when he crashed after jumping off a cliff overlooking Professor Valley near Rocky Rapid.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.

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