The body of a 30-year-old Brazilian who hurled himself off a mountain in Norway’s Romsdalen district Wednesday morning was recovered later that evening by search and rescue crews. The man was killed when his parachute failed to open while taking part in the sport of BASE jumping.
Police noted that BASE jumping is illegal in the dangerous mountain area, but many defy local regulations and take their chances. Police along with search and rescue crews have long complained that the risky sport ends up putting them in danger, too, as they attempt to save injured jumpers or retrieve the bodies of those who crash into steep mountainsides.
“It was a demanding rescue operation given the terrain,” operations leader Kjell Biesmans of the Nordmøre og Romsdal Police District told news bureau NTB. It was initially unclear whether the man was injured but alive after jumping from the mountain known as Stabbveggen in Romsdal.
“Five mountain climbers worked to get to him, but when they reached him, he was dead,” Biesmans said.
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