Base jumper killed

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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

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