911 Tapes Released in Fatal BASE Jump Accident

Miles Daisher (left) and Tom Baker (right) were arrested on criminal trespassing charges following a man's botched jump from a Metcalf, Georgia television tower.
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By: Alicia Turner
April 5, 2016 - 6:27 pm

METCALF, Ga. -- A 911 call is giving us more insight into what happened the night 37-year-old Brandon Jackson BASE jumped off a TV tower and died.

Dispatcher: “Are you with him?”
Daisher: “We're trying to find him, we were with him earlier and now we're looking for him,"

It was a search that ended in tragedy. Miles Daisher and Tom Baker searched for nearly an hour for their friend before calling for help.

Here's how they describe the last thing they heard.

Daisher: "We heard his parachute open and then I don't know, we heard this noise it was like, and it’s dark, and we're like you know, we're unable to find him."

The 911 call from Thomas County is nearly 15 minutes long. Throughout it Daisher remains calm, but noticeably worried.

Daisher: "We've been walking around and trying to reach him on the radio, and find anything down here. I don't know what happened,"

Based on law enforcement's timeline, Jackson started climbing the tower shortly after the three arrived around midnight. The tape reveals they were communicating by radio. Although they don’t admit trespassing, they do admit to having no affiliation with the tower company.

Dispatcher: "You're not with WTLH correct?"
Daisher: "No, no ma'am."
Dispatcher: "You were just out there parachuting?"
Daisher: "Yes."

Even once Daisher knew authorities were on the way, he still wanted to help.

Daisher: "I was just wondering if you guys had an estimated time, because I’d like to go still kind of look for him if I could. I'd just like to keep looking, you know?"
Dispatcher: "I understand."

Jackson's body was found six hours later.

Daisher and Baker were arrested that day and charged with trespassing. Both bonded out of jail a short time later.

The Thomas County Sheirff's Office says it will be up to the District Attorney's Office to decide whether or not the pair will should face additional charges.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 31, 2016

METCALF, Ga. -- One BASE jumper has died and two others have been arrested following a jump from a television tower in southern Thomas County.

According to Lt. Tim Watkins of the Thomas County Sheriff's Office, first responders were dispatched to Friendship Church Road at the site of a 2,000-foot television tower around 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

TCSO says Miles Daisher, Tom Baker and Brandon Jackson arrived at the tower around midnight. Daisher and Baker told authorities they stayed on the ground with radios while Jackson climbed about 1,600 feet before he jumped.

Daisher and Baker also told authorities that they heard Jackson's parachute deploy and thought that the jumper may have struck a wire on the way down.

The men called authorities after searching for the Jackson for about an hour, according to TCSO.

The Thomas County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Brandon Jackson's body was found in trees that are about 800 to 1000 yards away from the tower, which is leased by NBC-40 and Tallahassee's Fox affiliate.

The Thomas County Sheriff’s Office says Jackson was 37-years-old and a retired Master Sergeant from the U.S. Army. He has family in Michigan, however Jackson’s last known address was in Hawaii.

The official cause of death is unconfirmed at this time.

Baker and Daisher were arrested on charges of criminal trespassing. Other charges could be pending, deputies say.

Both men bonded out of jail Thursday.

Daisher is a professional parachutist based in Twin Falls, Idaho. His website says he has completed over 7,200 skydives and 3,900 BASE jumps. He is sponsored by Red Bull and a member of the Red Bull Air Force.

According to Red Bull's website, Daisher has completed more known BASE jumps than anyone else on the planet.

When asked for comment on the incident, a Red Bull spokesperson told WCTV, "This was not a Red Bull event. Along with everyone, our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young man who lost a his life."

BASE stands for 'Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth.' BASE jumpers typically use a parachute or wingsuit to jump off of buildings or other fixed objects.



 
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