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Jumper hurt in tower mishap


Jumper hurt in tower mishap
KUALA LUMPUR: Firemen rescued a base jumper after he was flung into the sidewall of the iconic KL Tower during the International Tower Jump event.
The incident occurred at noon when the man jumped off the Open Deck of the 421m-high tower.
Suddenly, a strong gust of wind pushed him back and he hit the wall with his parachute dangling.
Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue operations assistant director Azizan Ismail said the man, whose identity was not released, suffered minor injuries but was in stable condition.
The incident caught the attention of the crowds who had turned up to watch the show. Many of them gawked as firemen rescued the man.
As at press time, the management of KL Tower which organised the event declined to comment.
The sporting event was initially organised in conjunction with KL Tower's third anniversary celebrations and has since become an annual event.
Participants from 18 countries are taking part in the four-day event, which ends today.
Base jumping is an activity where participants jump from fixed objects and use a parachute to break their fall.
Base is an acronym that stands for four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump off. They are buildings, antennas, spans (bridges) and earth (cliffs).
KL Tower, which was opened in March, 1995, is the seventh tallest telecommunications tower in the world and the tallest in South-East Asia. - theStarOnline

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