Man dies after BASE jump from Grand County’s Parriott Mesa

Jul 21, 2022, 9:54 AM | Updated: Aug 2, 2022, 10:25 am
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The Grand County Sheriff's Office in Moab. (Photo credit: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)
(Photo credit: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

CASTLE VALLEY, Utah —  On Wednesday, a 32-year-old man died in a BASE jumping accident. 

According to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred Wednesday morning at Parriott Mesa in Castle Valley. 


Authorities were dispatched and found Christopher Thomas Nielsen unresponsive. Officials pronounced Nielsen dead at the scene. 

No further details about the accident were available. Nielsen’s family has been notified. 

BASE jumping, or jumping from a fixed object and later deploying a parachute, is considered a dangerous extreme sport requiring specialized equipment. At the time of publication 436 deaths were associated with BASE jumping.


Related: New Mexico BASE jumper dies in accident near Moab


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Man dies after BASE jump from Grand County’s Parriott Mesa