Placer county sheriff’s deputies have arrested 2 jumpers in as many months, base jumping from the forest hill bridge. The forest hill bridge is the tallest bridge in California and a favorite attraction of base jumpers but the practice as Placer county public information officer Dena Irwin reminds skydivers, is not legal. Erin Mcgovern 39 years old from Olympic Valley was successful in Wednesday’s jump but did not escape the helicopter that watched him land.
“We got a call Wednesday that someone thought a woman was standing on the Foresthill bridge and it looked like she was maybe thinking about jumping off the bridge. Deputies were enroute, but our helicopter just happened to be in the air on patrol and right as they arrived, a base jumper jumped from the bridge and deployed his parachute. So they followed his trail all the way to the ground and he ran and hid and then he’d run and hide again and the helicopter called him out several time and he finally gave himself up.”
Mcgovern is apparently friends with the man who attempted the same jump last month but got caught in a tree and needed to be rescued. A judge will determine restitution that could run into the thousands of dollars for the helicopter and rescue efforts.