British Base jumper dies after cliff jump in south of France

A British Base jumper has died after his parachute failed to open in time during a cliff jump while on holiday with friends in the south of France.

The 34-year-old man succumbed to his injuries at Grenoble university hospital after Tuesday’s accident, according to the Dauphiné Libéré newspaper.

The paper reported that he had been on holiday with several friends in Millau, Aveyron. On their way back from a day out on Tuesday, the group decided to jump off the Bournillon cliff and into the Bourne gorge, in the commune of Châtelus, in Isère.

One of the man’s friends raised the alarm just before 7pm when they did not see his parachute open. Rescuers searched for the man by helicopter and found him unconscious and in cardiorespiratory arrest.

Two rescuers were winched as close as possible to the injured man as he dangled from his parachute, which had got stuck to the cliffside, the newspaper reported. He was airlifted in a critical condition to hospital, where he died.

Police have launched an investigation to determine what caused the accident.

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