A BASE jumper who parachuted off a bridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean likely drowned, as did the man who jumped in to try to save her, according to police.
The two thrill-seekers have been missing in the Big Sur area since Saturday morning.
Monterey County Sheriff’s officials say a video from a helmet camera shows Mary Katherine ‘Katie’ Connell, of Ventura, descending nearly 300 feet and landing on Bixby Creek, which feeds into the Pacific.
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Thrill seeker: Katie Connell (pictured left and right) was presumed dead Tuesday after performing a BASE jump from a California bridge overlooking the Pacific
Span: Connell and a BASE jumping instructor were believed to have drowned after leaping off Bixby Bridge in the Big Sur area
Shortly after the landing, three large waves overtake her and she vanishes from view, presumably having been dragged out to sea.
Sheriff Steve Bernal says her companion, identified only as a BASE jumping instructor from Finland, then leaped off the bridge to help her, reported the station KION.
Bernal says the man likely took off his helmet and parachute to rescue her and that’s where the footage ends.
Search and rescue teams scoured the area Monday to try and recover the bodies of Ms Connell and her companion.
They found the man’s parachute, helmet and a GoPro camera that captured the final moments before he plummeted from the bridge to his death.
Connell was a native of Tennessee who lived in Ventura, California, and worked as a nurse
Connell had been documenting her high-flying adventures on her Facebook page, which is filled with photos showing her skydiving and BASE jumping
Up in the air: Friends and law enforcement officials described Connell (pictured) as an experienced BASE jumper
Officials say a GoPro camera showed the moment Connell (pictured above) was engulfed by three large waves after leaping off Bixby Bridge
Real pro: Connell had around 300 BASE jumps under her belt
At the request of Connell’s family, the video of her final jump will not be released to the public.
Tom Aiello, a friend of the two daredevils, told the station KSBW that Connell and her partner were both experienced BASE jumpers.
While it is not illegal to jump off Bixby Bridge, BASE jumpers familiar with the site say it is particularly dangerous because it is a relatively quick drop.
Connell, who was in her 20s from Tennessee, worked as a nurse in California. Sheriff Bernal said she had around 300 BASE jumps under her belt.