Base jumper Dominik Loyen dies jumping off 330ft cliff after parachute fails to open in Portugal

Daredevil captures final jump on camera

Harriet Agerholm@HarrietAgerholm
Friday 23 November 2018 12:01
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Dominic Loyen (centre, in blue) seconds before his fatal jump
Dominic Loyen (centre, in blue) seconds before his fatal jump

A celebrated German base jumper has died after his parachute failed to open during a jump from a cliff in Portugal.

Dominik Loyen, who was known to post footage of his jumps on social media, captured his final attempt in the coastal town of Nazaré on camera.

An investigation has been launched into the incident at the 330ft-high rock face, police told German media.

The video shows the 50-year-old jumping with another person from the cliff.

But, while the other jumper's parachute opens, Mr Loyen's does not appear to and he falls to rocks below.

Rescuers were unable to revive him, German tabloid Bild reported.

Mr Loyen was an experienced instructor in base jumping, an extreme sport that involves leaping from fixed objects with a parachute.

An investigation has been launched into the incident at the 330ft-high rock face, police told German media

Mr Loyen had previously considered giving up the activity, he told English-speaking German newspaper Deutsche Welle in 2014.

"Yes, I had some thoughts about taking a break, or giving it up completely, when a good friend of mine had a fatal accident," he said.

"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."

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