- German BASE jumper Dominik Loyen died when his parachute failed to open after he jumped off a 330-foot cliff in Portugal.
- Loyen was well-known in the community as he often filmed his jumps and ran a BASE jumping school.
- BASE jumping, which involves jumping from fixed objects like buildings, is one of the world’s most dangerous sports and is banned in many places.
- Loyen previously said that he considered giving up the sport after a friend’s fatal accident, but said “you have to do what you find fun.”
A well-known BASE jumper who posted videos of his jumps online has died after his parachute failed to open in time on a jump in Portugal.
Dominik Loyen, 50, from Germany, was fatally injured after he jumped off a 100-meter (330-foot) high cliff in the surfing town of Nazaré, Portugal, police confirmed to German newspaper BILD.
The jump was captured on video, which shows Loyen continue to fall towards the rocks below after his parachute fails to open. He hits the ground at full speed, at which point the parachute opens, BILD reported.
Loyen, who worked as a BASE jumping instructor and often filmed his jumps, had previously considered giving up the sport, which is considered one of the most dangerous in the world.
“I had some thoughts about taking a break or giving it up completely when a good friend of mine had a fatal accident,” he told Deutsche Welle in 2014.
“But then you deal with it, and somehow you have to do what you find fun. You worry about it and then decide to carry on anyway and you swear not to make the same mistakes.”
BASE jumping involves jumping from fixed objects, like buildings or cliffs, with a parachute. BASE stands for buildings, antennas, spans (such as bridges), and earth (such as cliffs and mountaintops) that jumpers can parachute from.
BASE jumping is banned in many places, including almost every US city and national park and in many countries across Europe. In Loyen’s Germany, it is banned unless the jumper can obtain special permission.
More than 260 people were recorded as killed by the sport between 2000 and 2016.
Loyen moved to Switzerland in 2005 due to the country’s lax regulations on BASE jumping, Deutsche Welle reported. He also ran a jumping school in Spain, according to BILD.