Accident in Lauterbrunnen BE
Base jumper hits rock face several times – dead
The jump of a base jumper ended fatally for an athlete on Wednesday. Rescue workers could only determine the death of the man.
A base jumper died in a fatal accident in Lauterbrunnen. (icon picture)
The body of a base jumper was found in Lauterbrunnen shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday. The man had gone to the “High La Mousse” jump point. Then he took the plunge alone in a wingsuit. For reasons that are still to be clarified, the man crashed into a rock face several times and finally remained lying at the foot of the face.
The alarmed and immediately deployed rescue workers could only determine the death of the man. There are concrete indications of the identity of the deceased. However, formal identification is still pending.
The cantonal police in Bern, led by the Oberland regional public prosecutor’s office, have launched an investigation to determine exactly how the accident happened.
The Lauterbrunnen valley with its steep rock faces is popular with base jumpers worldwide. However, fatal accidents still happen. A 40-year-old Australian died last September, followed by a 34-year-old Frenchman in July.(jwg/SDA)