Base jumper killed
IN hisownwords, leading base jumper JimmyFreeman simply wanted to experience life from a different angle’’.
Yesterday the 30-year-old northern beachesman’s life was cut shortwhenhis chute failed during an early morning Blue Mountains jump.
Freeman, who campaigned to have the sport legalised in Australia, hit a tree on his descent and was left hanging15mabove the ground for six hours until emergency workers were able to retrieve his body.
Devastated friends, watching from Blackheath’s Point Pilcher Lookout were unable to help.
In 2005, Freeman spoke about the rush of jumping off a cliff— and the risk of death.
Base jumping’s not a sport that you get into thinking, OK, this is gonna killme,’ he told 60 Minutes.
Wedon’t basejump becausewe’ve got a death wish. Webase jumpbecausewewant to experience life at a slightly different angle.’’
Obviously I’m nervous and very muchin anticipation about it, but Iknow that once you step off and you’re in free fall, the rush of emotions and self-satisfaction willcomerunning back and I realise, all of a sudden, that’swhyIdo this,’’ he said.
Rush: Jimmy Freeman