By KELSEY THOMAS
FOR THE DAILY MAIL
FAYETTEVILLE -- Nearly 500 people from around the world lined up Saturday to jump off of the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville.
Among them was 22-year-old Jarrett Martin, who traveled with friends from DeLand, Fla., to take the 876-foot plunge. While he was there to experience the same thrill as the hundreds of other BASE jumpers, something about Jarrett set him apart. Four years ago, he was in a hang-gliding accident, leaving him paralyzed.
"Pretty much I just fell out," Jarrett said. "The parachute collapsed and I broke my back, and I'm a paraplegic now."
Jarrett said he intends to keep "doing what he loves." Since then, he has participated in about a half dozen BASE jumps in which he is placed on the precipice before pushing himself off the edge.
After a successful first jump Saturday morning, he didn't hesitate to go back for a second.
"It's a feeling you just can't describe," he said.
Among other eye-catching jumpers was Justin Jetmer, 23, from North Haven, Conn. Donning a revealing sheriff costume, he dove off the bridge several times.