Two more base-jumpers die in Switzerland

Italian media identified the Italian victim as Uli Emanuele.
Italian media identified the Italian victim as Uli Emanuele.PHOTO: FACEBOOK

GENEVA (AFP) - 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 Thursday (Aug 18).

Both accidents occurred Wednesday (Aug 17) 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 200kmh 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.