BASE Jumper Leaps From 19th Story Balcony in National Harbor

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A man jumped off a 19th story indoor hotel balcony and into the atrium of Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor on Thursday.

This is not a story with a tragic end, as Miles Daisher is an experienced BASE jumper who attempted the feat to draw attention to the annual Red Bull Flugtag event, which will be hosted in Washington, D.C. this year.

BASE jumping is much like skydiving, except BASE jumpers leap from structures (Buildings, Antennas, Spans and Earth). Only a handful of indoor BASE jumps have ever been tried, according to US News & World Report.

The first Red Bull Flugtag took place in Austria in 1992. In 2002, the contest featuring home-made flying machines being launched off of ramps came to the United States. Videos from previous events can be seen at www.redbullflugtagusa.com.

Sketches for flying machines and applications can be submitted on the website through June 1. The event will begin Sept. 21.

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