(ANSA) – Trento, September 10 – A 20-year old New Zealander
lost his life in the northern Italian region of Trentino Alto
Adige while practising an extreme sport called "Base Jumping"
that involves jumping from high ridge and avoiding all jutting
objects before opening a parachute.
The man had been in the area for about a month and had been
taking part in the dangerous sport on a daily basis.
Base jumping involves launching oneself from fixed objects
and using parachutes to break one's travelling speed, all the
while avoiding fixed structures that jut out into the fall
"Base" is an acronym that stands for the objects that one
is permitted to jump from, or buildings, antennas, as well as
spans such as bridges and earth locations such as mountains and
The jumper was part of a group of about 10 enthusiasts
gathered there from the four corners of the earth that would
jump each day from the same location.
The deadly accident was seen by people passing by who
immediately called the local authorities.
Forest guards were the first to determine the man was dead
and then organized for the body to be taken away by helicopter.
The man had jumped from a local peak called the Eagle’s
Beak and was avoiding the jutting mountain wall during his
plummet to earth.
Some three quarters of the way down, he sought to open his
parachute and hit the rock face violently.
At that time, he was probably travelling at a speed of
about 200 kilometres an hour.
The overall fall from the mountain ridge was about 1,100
The mountain peak is located about halfway between Trento
and Riva del Garda.
Some 10 people have lost their lives in similar activities
in the past 10 years.