Chicago police are searching for a trio of extreme thrill-seekers who last night broke onto the roof of the 92-story Trump Hotel and Tower and drove into the arms of the night using parachutes. They are believed to have landed safely.
Police report, using a cutting device, the group gained entry to the rooftop a little after midnight, vaulted off the roof and sailed smoothly to terra firma. Although the parachuters were seen on the roof and the police have a good description, they remain at large.
This isn’t the first time the stunt was attempted. In 2010, for the filming of the third “Transformers” move, parachutists jumped off the roof as part of the film’s thrilling action shots, gliding down to land on Wacker Drive across the Chicago River.
When apprehended the three are likely to face criminal prosecution. Reporting the story this morning CBS News noted, “On April 2011, Shaun Walters was arrested after he parachuted from an unfinished building on Wacker Drive and landed near a Chicago police car 26 stories below. He was promptly arrested and charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct. Walters said he was part of a small community of BASE jumpers. Their name comes from the objects they seek to jump from: buildings, antennas, spans (bridges) and earth (usually cliffs.”
Extreme adventure enthusiasts have found some novel sites to challenge their skills. But breaking and entry is a serious charge. If the three end up cooling their heels in jail, one wonders if they will think the “rush” was worth it.
The Trump Tower is 1,389 feet tall.
We Are Not Crazy – We Are Amazing – Video shares the adrenaline rush that base jumpers find so addicting.
Base jumping is an extremely dangerous sport. Bling Magazine maintains a list of 205 base-jumping fatalities spanning a time period from 1981 to the present. Base jumpers comment on the thrill of the sport:
- “It was the most enjoyable frightening experience I’ve ever had, in my entire life”. – Rick Harrison
- “Death is the ultimate rush, that’s why mother nature saved it till last.”- Steve Morrell
- “As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.” – Leonardo da Vinci
By: Marlene Affeld