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Base Jumper Parachute Not Opening In Time
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Description: A base jumper loses his life after his parachute fails to open in time and he crashes to the ground. The base jumper’s friend landed safely moments after his pal - identified locally as a 50-year-old German - died instantly after hitting rocks at the back of a sandy beach in the Portuguese fishing town of Nazare, famous as a surfing destination where world records have been broken. A man thought to be the third base jumper filmed standing by the pair that leapt off the edge of the cliff, could be heard yelling: ‘No, no’ as he witnessed what had happened before shouting out to the survivor in English, ‘Are you okay?’ A woman, also speaking in English, could be overheard saying, ‘Oh my God’. The dead man’s chute only opened after he hit the ground. Police and firefighters were among the emergency services who raced to the scene, but they could nothing to save him. He was pronounced dead just before 1pm. The German base jumper fell around 310 feet and confirmed the man he jumped with was a Portuguese friend. The height of the cliff meant the dead man would have hit the ground at just under 100mph. Psychologists are now assisting friends of the victim who witnessed the tragedy. An autopsy was due to take place at regional capital Leiria. The tragedy happened near the same spot where a 29-year-old Swedish man died when his parachute failed to open in July 2013.