Video: Man nearly loses his leg after BASE jumping accident in Moab
A man suffered severe injuries to his leg after a BASE jumping accident in Moab earlier this month. Watch the video above for footage of the accident. The story has gone viral after the injured man, Ammon McNeely, posted a video of him reacting with surreal calm to his mangled leg.
WARNING: THE VIDEO CONTAINS EXTREME GORE, but can be viewed here.
According to a post on the man’s Facebook page, the accident happened after several others in the group had already jumped. According to the post,
“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. 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.”
In the post, McNeely said one of the men in his group was an EMT, and that person and others helped search and rescue crews reach McNeely. According to the post, McNeely said the leg has been saved for now, but he said the possibility of infection means he could still lose the leg. See the full post (WARNING: it includes a graphic picture of the wound) for more details.