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Swedish base-jumper dies in Norway

Published: 24 Aug 2012 16:39 GMT+02:00
Updated: 24 Aug 2012 16:39 GMT+02:00

A Swedish man died on Friday after base-jumping from a mountain in Norway, although the exact circumstances of the incident remain unclear.

The man, who is believed to be Swedish according to Norwegian media, died after base-jumping from the Kjerag mountain east of Stavanger in southern Norway.

“The jumper was a Swedish man in his forties,” explained Stein Edvartsen, head of Stavanger Base Club, to the national Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

“He has been jumping for a couple of years and jumped from Kjerag last year too, so he was familiar with the area.”

Police however, were unwilling to divulge any information other than that the body was not officially identified.

“A driver’s license has been found,” said Geir Gjesdal of the local police in Rogaland to the TT news agency.

It remains unknown exactly how the man died, although the base jump camp spokesperson has his suspicions.

“Weather conditions were fine today, so most likely it is the equipment that has failed,” Edvartsen told the paper, adding that there were some 15-20 jumpers on the mountain at the time.

Helicopters and an alpine rescue team recovered the man’s body, which was taken to the Stavanger University hospital in the early afternoon.

The formal identification and autopsy will be done next week.

Base jumping is an activity where participants jump from a great height from a fixed object, such as a cliff, building, or bridge, and use a parachute to break their fall.

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01:01 August 25, 2012 by Supermog
Base jumping, is it what trainspotters do on their day off? Or are they trying for a Darwin Award?
08:32 August 25, 2012 by HYBRED
"A driver's license has been found," You need a drivers license to base jump?

It's not the jump that kills you, it's the sudden stop.
10:35 August 25, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
The autopsy will presumably reveal that death was caused by impact with a blunt object, namely, the Earth. Might also reveal drug or alcohol use, or a terminal illness that would have inspired him to not bother pulling the rip cord.

Anyway if it was equipment failure or accidental incompetence, I wonder if equipment recalls or jumper education information is done as rapidly as is done in the airline industry after the cause of a crash is determined.

Regardless of any recalls or jumper education updates, the headline alone is a reminder of how dangerous this so called 'sport' is.
12:36 August 25, 2012 by Flutterbye
Very sad but what a dangerous sport.

I looked at some clips on YouTube, oh my, I could not even stand on the edge let alone jump off, very sorry this person died.
12:35 August 26, 2012 by Garry Jones
I've always thought if THAT'S a base jump what do the advanced jumps look like.

Thrill seekers have my admiration though. As they say, it's not the years in your life, it's the life in your years that really counts. My guess is someone like that will have crammed in more to his 40+ years than most of us will experience in a lifetime. Rest in Peace.
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