Briton, Italian plunge to their deaths while base-jumping in Switzerland

  • AFP, Geneva
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2016 01:12 IST
A Briton and an Italian plunged to their deaths while base-jumping in central Switzerland. (Shutterstock/Representative image)

Base-jumping, regarded as one of the world’s most dangerous sports, has claimed two more victims after a Briton and an Italian plunged to their deaths in central Switzerland, police said on Thursday.

Both accidents occurred Wednesday near Lauterbrunnen in the Alps.

Police in the Swiss canton of Bern said a 30-year-old Italian man jumped from the “Black Line” peak at Stechelberg but lost control of his route before hitting the cliffside and dying.

Italian media identified him as Uli Emanuele. Profiling Emanuele last year, Vice magazine said he worked as dishwasher and had attempted a series of increasingly dangerous jumps.

The other fatality was a 49-year-old Briton who jumped from the “High Ultimate” peak at Muerren and who also crashed into a cliff. Police said he had not yet been identified.

Base-jumpers typically wear wingsuits as they plunge, reaching speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour (120 miles per hour) before deploying a parachute.

The American daredevil Johnny Strange died in the Swiss Alps while attempting a wingsuit jump last October.

Perhaps the most prominent wingsuit-related casualty was the August 2013 death of Mark Sutton, the James Bond parachutist from the opening ceremony at the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

Swiss police said investigations were ongoing into the latest deaths.

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