A MAN has been arrested by police over the BASE jumping incident off Perth’s Exchange Tower yesterday morning.
Footage was circulated online of one of the four people involved leaping from Esplanade Tower, before a parachute opens, at about 8.30am.
The jumpers reportedly landed safely on the grassed area at Elizabeth Quay.
Intense base jumping footage in the Perth CBD just now (C. H) pic.twitter.com/E6ZbHXidOZ
— The Bell Tower Times (@BellTowerTimez) September 10, 2019
BASE jumping is a high-risk activity which involves parachuting, or wingsuit flying, from a fixed structure or cliff.
BASE stands for building, antenna, span and earth.
— Domenic Zappa (@Cr_DomZappa) September 10, 2019
Police believed the people involved left the area in a vehicle that was waiting nearby.
Detectives found the car and a man at a house in North Perth last night.
Police said a 35-year-old Scarborough man will be summonsed for trespass to appear in court.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts said the activity was “reckless and stupid” and security of the tower should be reviewed.
“It could have costed any one of them their lives and also, someone on the ground, their lives as well,” she said.
“There’s some security issues at that building, I understand the individuals wore suits in order to somehow blend in.”
Inquiries are ongoing and detectives would like to speak with anyone who may have seen or filmed the incident, which could be uploaded here.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at crimestopperswa.com.au.