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BASE jumper identified after fatal fall

Officers were able to get to the body with the help of nearby neighbors who offered ATVs to aid in the search across rugged terrain near the transmitting tower for WTLH, one of the tallest structures in Georgia. (Source: WALB) Officers were able to get to the body with the help of nearby neighbors who offered ATVs to aid in the search across rugged terrain near the transmitting tower for WTLH, one of the tallest structures in Georgia. (Source: WALB)
Miles Daisher (Source: Thomas Co. Sheriff) Miles Daisher (Source: Thomas Co. Sheriff)
Tom Baker (Source: Thomas Co. Sheriff) Tom Baker (Source: Thomas Co. Sheriff)
METCALFE, GA (WALB) -

Authorities recovered the body of a man who unsuccessfully tried to parachute from the top of a 2,000 foot television tower Thursday morning.

They found the body of Brandon Jackson, 37, on the ground. His deployed parachute was found in a tree.

Jackson was a retired Master Sergeant in the Army.

Officers were able to get to the body with the help of nearby neighbors who offered ATVs to aid in the search across rugged terrain near the transmitting tower for WTLH, one of the tallest structures in Georgia.

The circumstances of how Jackson died were still under investigation, officials said.

Two other men were with him at the time he made the jump.

Tom Baker, 26, and Miles Daisher, 46, were arrested at the scene for criminal trespass on the WTLH transmitter property.

It was not immediately clear if Baker and Daisher had jumped from the tower.

BASE jumping is the activity of parachuting from a fixed structure or cliff.

Also considered an extreme sport or stunt, BASE jumping is significantly more dangerous than skydiving from a plane, due to the lower altitudes of the jumps.

The "BASE" in BASE jumping is an acronym for four categories of fixed objects that one can jump from: building, antenna, span, and Earth (referring to a cliff).

MORE: Website describes one of the arrested men

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