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Russian Base Jumper Dies in Everest Region

Valery Rozov is pictured preparing to jump off the north face of Mount Everest into Tibet in China, May 2013.Valery Rozov is pictured preparing to jump off the north face of Mount Everest into Tibet in China, May 2013.

A Russian extreme sportsman famed for his record-breaking free-falling stunts has died in a base jumping accident in the Himalayas, expedition organizers in Nepal said Sunday.

Valery Rozov, 52, an acclaimed daredevil, was pursuing a “seven summits” quest - base jumping from the highest mountains on all seven continents.

He was jumping from Ama Dablam, a 6,812-meter mountain in the Everest region when the incident occurred.

“He died while descending on Saturday,” Mingma Gelu Sherpa, from Seven Summits Club that organized his expedition, told AFP.

“We have sent helicopters and are trying hard to bring his body back.” It is still unclear how the accident happened.

Rozov set a new world record in 2013 for the highest-ever base jump when he leapt from Changstse, a peak in the Everest massif towering at 7,220 meters in a specially-designed wing suit.He broke his own record three years later by jumping from a height of 7,700 meters on Mount Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world.

Base jumping is an extreme sport that involves free-falling off a cliff, bridge or other platform before activating a parachute.

 

 

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