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Meet the rescue team that saved a base-jumper dangling from a TV tower

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A parachutist who got stuck on a broadcast tower Thursday Night is safe after being rescued by the Mehlville high angle Rope and Rescue Team.

Authorities say Timothy Church was charged with trespassing on private property after he  climbed the KETC broadcast tower in South county and tried to base jump off of it.  His parachute became entangled in a guide-wire and church was left dangling in mid-air before using his mobile phone to call for help.

The Rope and Rescue Team  was able to bring the base-jumper to the ground using their  extensive training  for  just such occasions.

“About five minutes before we got the main line to him he was getting a little shook up because the wind was getting to him and he was like, ‘My parachute keeps filling with air.'” said Mehlville Captain Ty Cardona.

“We have the Ameren plant off Fein Road, we have multiple water towers in our district.  We have cellular relay towers in our district.  We obviously have communications towers in our district.  So we task our rope rescue team to think outside the box.” said Mehlville Fire Chief Brian Hendricks.

The rescue team does indoor training in their stairwells…  at their South County firehouse  on  a weekly basis. They’ve been together and doing high wire rescue for the last six years.

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