British Thrill-Seeker Dies Performing Base Jump in Italian Mountains

Published June 25th, 2018 - 11:00 GMT
Robert Haggarty (Facebook)
Robert Haggarty (Facebook)

A British thrill seeker has died while performing a base jump in the Italian mountains.

The man, named locally as Robert Haggarty, 47, was killed instantly when his parachute failed just seconds after he jumped from a mountain near Venice, Italy.

Eyewitnesses raised the alarm after they spotted the engineer from Andover, in Hampshire, plummeting from 600ft.

Italian Alpine Rescue services released pictures that captured paramedics approaching the ledge where Mr Haggarty had fallen.

The incident happened after the experienced base jumper and a large group of his friends arrived on the 9,500ft Busazza mountain in the Dolomites in Northern Venice.

Base jumping is the act of wingsuit flying or parachuting from a fixed structure or cliff, instead of a plane.

The word 'BASE' is an acronym that stands for four different fixed objects that people can jump from: building, antenna, span and Earth (cliff).

Mr Haggarty had been married to his wife Joanna since 18 September 2010, according to his Facebook profile.

Pictures on his social media account suggest that he enjoyed visiting different parts of the world to perform the extreme sport.

He visited Monte Brento in Italy - possibly the most accessible base jumping cliff in the world – with a friend back in 2016.



He has also been pictured jumping in Sandnes in Norway and Launterbrunnen in Switzerland.

A police spokesman told the Sun: 'We were alerted by several witnesses who had seen the man get into trouble.

'One theory is that he didn't time his take-off well and was too close to the side of the mountain.

'His body was recovered by a three-strong team and that was also a very difficult operation whch involved lowering the body by harness 160ft.'


This article has been adapted from its original source.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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