The body of a man who base jumped off a cliff near the Grand Canyon has been recovered and identified.
David Stather, a 41-year-old Canadian physician, was killed in a fall Friday in northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon. Stather's friends were waiting on the canyon floor for him to complete his second jump when he never landed, azfamily.com reports.
The friends hiked out of the canyon and found his body about 2,000 feet from the top and called the police, according to a Coconino County Sheriff's Office spokesperson. Authorities said Stather was wearing a wing suit and parachute popular among those who do the activity.
A search and rescue team recovered Stather’s body by helicopter on Saturday. Stather was a well-known respiratory therapist and surgeon at the Alberta Health Center in Calgary, Alberta. According to a biography on the University of Calgary’s website, Stather enjoyed “snowboarding, climbing and a number of other mountain-related activities, for which Calgary's proximity to the Rocky Mountains makes it an ideal location.”
Base jumping, an activity that involves jumping from fixed objects using wing suits and parachutes to break the fall, has resulted in at least 200 deaths. On Saturday, Australian base-jumper Ash Cosgriff died after jumping off the country’s tallest structure.
Police are asking the person who removed the 23-year-old’s helmet camera to return it.
"Obviously, what Ash was doing was illegal, but it doesn't change anything at all, and we don't blame the person who he was jumping with," Cosgriff’s brother, Rory, told the Sydney Morning Herald. ''He was a free spirit. He was doing what he loved when he died.''