Panama City Beach base jumper plunges to his death after his parachute fails to deploy after leaping from Sunrise Beach Resort condo 23rd-floor balcony.
Timothy Ackerman, 31, leaped from the 23rd-floor balcony of the Sunrise Beach Resort Sunday evening in Panama City Beach, mypanhandle reported.
The ‘incident’ happened at Sunrise Beach Resort on Front Beach Road around 6:45 p.m, Sunday night.
Ackerman who was described as a Panama City Beach local, had been attempting to BASE jump from the condominium — an activity in which people leap from a building or antenna, among other fixed objects — but his parachute didn’t open in time, WMBB reported.
Officers said a preliminary investigation indicating Ackerman had attempted to BASE jump from the 23rd floor of the condominium. Previous reports had listed the man jumping from the 14th floor.
Police sought to remind the public it is against the law to trespass and there is no legal place in Florida that allows BASE jumping, WJHG reported.
The popular spring break destination is located on the Gulf of Mexico — more than 100 miles southwest of the state capital of Tallahassee.