When BASE Jumping Goes REALLY Bad [EXTREMELY GRAPHIC NSFW Video]
Experienced BASE jumper, Ammon McNeely, had quite the accident recently. The video starts after the accident with McNeely knowing that he was banged up pretty bad in saying, "I probably lost my leg." Then he shows us what his leg looks like at that point. Not. Good. Watch this extremely graphic video of when BASE jumping goes REALLY bad, and learn what happened to McNeely during and after the accident.
I jumped, probably took a tad longer delay than I should have, being it was a new exit with new brake lines, and immediately had a 180-degree opening. [Editor's Note: This is a highly feared situation for a BASE jumper, where the chute opens facing the cliff, giving the jumper little to no time to steer away from it.] I struck the cliff with my left foot and continued rag dolling down the cliff where I finally came to rest on a sloping ledge. I knew I was banged up, but to my utter surprise my foot was flipped on its side looking very similar to a Nalgene bottle with just a sliver of skin keeping it on."
McNeely used part of his BASE rig to create a tourniquet on his leg, which was "squirting everywhere." He called to his friends that he needed a helicopter rescue because he might bleed out. His friend Dave, who is an EMT, Brent, Andy, and some Moab locals reached him on the ledge about 45 minutes later where they drilled a three-bolt anchor and fixed lines before search and rescue arrived. McNeely credits this fast action and quick-thinking for saving his life. He had lost three pints of blood by the time the helicopter delivered him to the hospital.
"I was absolutely prepared to wake up the next morning, minus a foot," he says in the SuperTopo thread. "I joked about going full pirate mode with a peg leg, but knew it could be a reality and was very said about it. Somehow, they saved it." McNeely is not completely past the possibility of losing his foot and leg, as there's still a threat of infection, but he is alive.
And here's the Extremely Graphic video: