Wisconsin BASE jumper rescued from guy wires... then arrested

He had jumped off a 300-foot radio tower in Menomonie.
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A Wisconsin daredevil is behind bars after a parachuting stunt went wrong Friday morning. 

Authorities say the 20-year-old had attempted a BASE (which stands for "building, antenna, span and earth") jump off a 300-foot-tall radio tower in Menomonie.

Instead of reaching the ground safely, his parachute became entangled in guy wires, and the man found himself trapped 50 feet off the ground.

Luckily, he was able to call 911 for help, according to a news release from the Menomonie Police Department.

Pictures shared by the department on Facebook show the rescue, which involved a cherry picker crane:

He was pulled down, taken to Mayo Menomonie for medical treatment and released — then arrested for trespassing. 

It's not unheard of for BASE jumpers to face legal consequences for their stunts, as they often involve jumps from restricted areas. 

In 2015, two men were arrested for an illegal jump off the World Trade Center, and in 2009, renowned skydiver Jeb Corliss was arrested attempting to jump off the Empire State Building

BASE jumping can also be dangerous.

As National Geographic has reported, "BASE jumpers die much more frequently than skydivers, with a five- to eightfold increased risk of injury or death."

The magazine also noted that about 12 jumpers die each year worldwide. 

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