Chilean BASE jumper Ramón Rojas died Saturday September 20th, 2014 in Grindelwald, Switzerland. Ramón was a part of a 2-way wingsuit BASE jump. Initial reports suggest that he ended up too low and was not able to fly to a clear area or deploy his canopy in time. The level of difficulty both in regards to exit and flight is reported to have been well within his skill level. He had done the same jump previously with ample clearance.
Proximity flying is an unforgiving sport and even the slightest error can result in death.
Ramón was a highly experienced and well respected BASE jumper. We send our sympathies to his family and friends around the world. A Facebook Memorial Group has been set up where you can view and share memories of Ramón.
The incident remains under investigation.
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Douggs, a renowned BASE jumper, skydiver and author, wrote a helpful article on dealing with death in our sports: “Death in the Sport of Life.”