FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Parachutists won’t jump off the nation’s third-highest bridge next month due to worries about sufficient emergency health care amid the coronavirus pandemic, an organizer said Wednesday.
Marcus Ellison, an organizer for BASE jumpers, told the Bridge Day Commission on Wednesday that the group will not participate in Bridge Day, the state’s largest outdoor festival on the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville. In past years they have been one of the festival’s main attractions.
BASE stands for building, antenna, span and Earth, the fixed objects from which jumpers leap.
Ellison cited concerns about available health care in case of an emergency because of the pandemic, news outlets reported.