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Italian base jumper dies in Bernese Oberland

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Base jumpers in Lauterbrunnen in the canton of Bern. Photo: AFP
08:38 CEST+02:00
A 46-year-old Italian plunged to his death in the Bernese Alps Thursday after crashing onto rocks during a base jump, the latest in a series of such accidents in Switzerland in the past year, police said.

Base jumping, or wingsuit jumping, is an extreme sport that involves free-falling off a cliff, bridge or another type of platform before activating a parachute.
   
The man was accompanied by two other jumpers on the escapade in Gastern valley in the canton of Bern.
   
He was the last to jump into the abyss and "crashed onto a rocky ledge," local police said.
   
Base stands for buildings, antennas, spans and Earth — the launchpads for the jumps.
  
More than half a dozen fatal base jumping or wingsuit diving accidents have been reported in Switzerland in the past year.
 

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