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Base Jumpers Killed in French Alps Bring Month's Total to 4

By    |   Monday, 18 Aug 2014 12:53 PM

Two base jumpers were killed in the French Alps on Sunday, the extreme sport's third and fourth victims this month.

According to the BBC, the first man was an Australian, 33, and is believed to have died on impact after jumping from a 8,500-foot mountain peak near Chamonix. He was wearing a wing suit, which is typical of the sport, and was found "several hundred meters below [the peak] in a wooded area."

In an unrelated jump, a French man, 52, suffered a similar fate after leaping from Mount Granier near the ski resort town of Val d'Isere. He was found just 200 meters below his departure point.

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According to rescuers, he "managed to clear the first rock face, but not the second," and met death on impact.

Earlier this month, Sky News reported that two base jumpers died in the Alps and French Pyrenees on August 6 under similar circumstances.

BASE jumping is named for the four types of jump-off points — building, antenna, span (such as a bridge) and Earth — and one Norwegian study from 2007 estimated that the extreme sport is five to eight times more dangerous than skydiving. Base jumpers usually break their fall with a traditional parachute or a wing suit.

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Two base jumpers were killed in the French Alps on Sunday, the extreme sport's third and fourth victims this month.
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