A man from Western Australia has died after hitting a mountain while BASE jumping in Italy’s Trentino region.
Ben Dummett, 25, from Mandurah, south of Perth, had been in Europe for several months BASE jumping with friends.
The experienced sky diver hit a mountain while taking part in a jump on Monday with friends.
Mr Dummett had completed 300 jumps since taking up the extreme sport two years ago.
His brother, Jordan Dummett, paid tribute to his brother on Facebook.
“Fly free my brother, you’ll be missed like you wouldn’t believe,” he wrote.
https://thewest.com.au/news/perth/mandurah-daredevil-dies-base-jumping-in-italy-ng-b88586222zFly free my brother, you'll be missed like you wouldn't believe ❤️❤️
Australian BASE Association WA spokesman Ashley Walsh said he knew Mr Dummett and had jumped with him a couple of times.
“It’s an enormous loss, but I guess everyone can take solace in knowing that Ben was pursuing his passion,” he said.
Mr Walsh said more BASE jumping events needed to be held in Australia to enable jumpers to gain more experience.
“Having one of those events enables Australian BASE jumpers to get those jump numbers up and therefore increase safety when it comes to taking the sport overseas,” he said.
BASE jumping involves leaping from a tall structure such as a building, bridge or cliff, and then opening a parachute and descending.
Mr Dummett’s immediate family has flown to Italy to bring his body back to Australia.