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Base-jumper critically injured in luxury hotel fall

The Local · 27 Oct 2010, 16:55

Published: 27 Oct 2010 16:55 GMT+02:00

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Daily Tagesspiegel reported on Wednesday that the 30-year-old man lost control of his jump, ricocheted off the sixth floor of the opposite building and smashed into a telephone box before hitting the ground.

He was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, police told the paper.

A security guard for the site found a 32-year-old man, believed to be the injured man's friend, crouching over the base-jumper on the footpath next to the Zoofenster construction site, which will house the new Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

Tagesspiegel reported that the jumper had a serious fracture to his femur as well as severe internal injuries.

Police are still investigating what caused the base-jumper to lose control during the descent. They are examining footage taken by a camera attached to the man’s helmet which was intended to film the drop, a common practice among base-jumpers.

His suspected companion had initially hidden the camera following the accident.

“It’s like you were there,” a police spokesperson said of the camera recording, which he said clearly showed how the man was able to enter and scale the building.

The man jumped from scaffolding surrounding the roof of the 118 metre-tall Waldorf Astoria luxury hotel on Hardenbergplatz in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district at 3.35 am.

The security guard stated that he clearly heard the base-jumper's parachute open during the fall.

Base-jumping is the practice of jumping from large, fixed objects such as high-rise buildings or even windmills.

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The man is being investigated for trespassing, as the practice is illegal in all German inner-cities, although occasional permission is granted for events.

The Verein Deutsche Objektspringer (German Basejumping Association) has been lobbying to gain official recognition of base-jumping as a sport, which would allow base-jumping sites to be more thoroughly evaluated for safety.

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Your comments about this article

18:37 October 27, 2010 by William Thirteen
00:34 October 28, 2010 by ReaderX
Darwinism still at work I see.
04:04 October 28, 2010 by Bishopbayern
stupid man!
08:56 October 28, 2010 by proclusian
Only in Germany would there be a "Verein DeutscheR Objektspringer" who would be lobbying for official recognition of base-jumping as a sport. LOL.

(And, yes, Local editors, the German genitiv plural for modifying adjectives still requires an "r" on the end...)
09:02 October 28, 2010 by jamano
Brave man I would say!
10:14 October 28, 2010 by catjones
Gravity always wins out.......
10:27 October 28, 2010 by Ludwig von America
Sounds like he was trying to show people he has guts...

Strange how these death-defiers get killed or seriously hurt, and then we're supposed to be surprised of how it happened.
11:43 October 28, 2010 by MonkeyMania
Live by the sword, die by the sword. Or in this case live by the long fall, die or get seriously injured by the sudden stop.
17:33 October 28, 2010 by JDee
are incidents such as this covered by medical insurance? I have no problem if people want to kill themselves, break their legs skiing etc.. but they should have to insure seperately or left to face the financial consequences of their actions, it isn't correct if everyone subsidises risk taking
19:55 October 28, 2010 by lordkorner
Just like the u-bahn surfer,people will do anything for a few clicks on you tube.
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