American base jumper dies in Swiss Alps

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Posted: Oct 04, 2014 9:44 AM

BERLIN (AP) — An American base jumper has died in the Swiss Alps after misjudging his launch, hitting a cliff and falling hundreds of meters (feet) into a gorge.

Police in the western canton (state) of Vaud say the 44-year-old man died Friday afternoon jumping from the 2,900-meter (9,514-feet) Sex Rouge peak in the Les Diablerets range near Lake Geneva.

Spokesman Jean-Christophe Sauterel declined to name the victim for privacy reasons, but said the man was from Dallas.

Sauterel said Saturday that the American was an experienced base jumper who was using a so-called wing suit during the jump. Wing suits allow base jumpers to glide down rather than fall before engaging their parachute.

Sauterel said rescuers have so far been unable to recover the body because of poor weather conditions.