British man, 34, is killed in a base jumping accident in French Alps as cops reveal he could have crashed into a cliff after opening his parachute
- The man, from West Northamptonshire, was on vacation with three British mates
- He was discovered on the base of a steep cliff which was tough for rescuers to achieve
- It is not recognized whether or not accident was a results of technical failure or human error
By Alexandra Williams In Geneva For Mailonline
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A British vacationer has been killed in a base jumping accident in France.
The 34-year-old man, from Newnham, West Northamptonshire, was on vacation with three British mates, one in all whom witnessed the horrific accident.
Police have launched an investigation into the tragedy in the Isere division and Auvergne Rhône-Alpes area.
It is not but recognized whether or not the accident was a results of technical failure or human error, although preliminary findings recommended the accident was not the results of a technical fault with the person’s base jumping gear.
The accident occurred shortly earlier than 7pm on Tuesday, after one of many man’s mates raised the alarm.
The sufferer was discovered on a ledge round 650 ft under the place he had jumped.
It was darkish and the mountainous terrain was tough to achieve for rescuers, and a member of the rescue workforce needed to be winched down from a helicopter to achieve the injured man.
Once he had been lowered to a extra accessible position, medics fought to avoid wasting him earlier than transferring him in a helicopter to Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Grenoble Alpes.
He succumbed to his accidents a number of hours later, at 2am on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old man, from Newnham, West Northamptonshire, was on vacation with three British mates, one in all whom witnessed the horrific accident. Pictured: Gorges de la Bourne the place the tragedy unfolded
The group had been holidaying in Millau the place that they had been base jumping, an excessive adrenaline sport which entails launching from a excessive mounted level, similar to a cliff or constructing, and going into free-fall earlier than deploying a parachute to gradual the descent and land.
Base jumpers carry just one parachute in distinction with skydivers who soar with a foremost and a reserve parachute.
On Tuesday the climate was clear and the group determined to base soar in the gorges de la Bourne in the picturesque city of Châtelus.
They launched themselves off the Bournillon cliff. One of the person’s mates raised the alarm after seeing that his buddy’s parachute wouldn’t open.
A police spokesman stated: ‘We are investigating to seek out out the reason for this accident. It seems that the person had presumably opened his parachute after which crashed into a cliff. But at current we do not know precisely what occurred.’
‘We assume he jumped from the cliff and we consider he opened the parachute however presumably it was a little too late.
‘We discovered him on a rocky ledge about 200 metres down from the place he had jumped. He had crashed into the rock and was caught on a tree.
‘The rescue mission was tough. The terrain was nearly inaccessible and it was pitch black.
‘Rescuers reached him about half-hour after the alarm was raised. A rescuer was winched down and the sufferer was discovered alive however unconscious. He had lost a lot of blood.
‘He was helicoptered to hospital however died at round 2am the next day.’
The group had determined to base soar in the gorges de la Bourne in the picturesque city of Châtelus
The sport’s identify is derived from the acronym BASE, which stands for ‘buildings’, ‘antenna’, ‘spans’, and ‘earth’ – the 4 classes of precarious footing from which parachutists can soar.
The lack of a reserve parachute and the proximity of the jumper to harmful obstacles imply that the intense sport has turn into infamous for claiming the lives of adrenaline junkies.
A research of base jumping practices revealed in 2019 by the Psychological Sciences Research Institute, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, revealed that 223 individuals died base jumping between 2007-2017, though the true quantity is prone to be a lot greater.
The demise rate, which has elevated appreciable since 2007, may be attributed in half to the rising recognition of the game, but additionally to the creation of wingsuit base jumping in which the jumper makes use of a specialised swimsuit to glide by way of the air, simulating flight.
The aforementioned research discovered that the first reason for demise in 96 per cent of base jumping fatalities was impression and object strikes.