BASE Fatality List

Fatality list of people who dies during BASE Jump

BASE jumping is one of the world’s most dangerous recreational activities. This BASE Jumping Fatality List table shows a statistical breakdown of fatalities from 1981 To present.

The nature of BASE jumping is that many of the statistics about this sport have to be taken with a grain of salt. No one keeps records on the many jumps that happen at night, in the boondocks or with no one else around. However, the current BASE number is above 1,800, and the World BASE Fatality List reached 97 on Feb 6, 2013.

The statistics are taken from BLiNC Magazine. Any copying or reproduction without explicit consent of the author is forbidden. The most complete up-to-date list can be found at blincmagazine.com.

WhenWhoObjectWhereCause of death
2015 Oct 30Joel Federick HarrisEarth Lauterbrunnen, SwitzerlandImpact
2015 Oct 26Sebastien CoquillardEarthPaglia Orba, Corsica, FranceImpact
2015 Oct 5Bertrand PasquierEarthLe Saint Eynard, Grenoble, FranceImpact
2015 Oct 1Johnny StrangeEarthGitschen, SwitzerlandImpact
2015 Sep 12Mehmet SusamEarthBrevent, FranceImpact
2015 Sep 10Dennis ValdezEarthMiddle Malchstuel, SwitzerlandImpact
2015 Sep 9Dave BuchananEarthAiguille du Midi, Chamonix, FranceImpact
2015 Aug 27Michele GiomettiEarthKandersteg, SwitzerlandImpact
2015 Aug 22Magnus NypanEarthSputnik, SwitzerlandImpact
2015 Jul 24Fernando M GoncalvesEarthGavea, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilImpact
2015 Jul 21Ian FlandersEarthKemaliye, TurkeyImpact
2015 Jul 21Avishai SchwartzbergEarthEiger, SwitzerlandImpact
2015 Jul 10Damian HrdlickaEarthGitschen, SwitzerlandImpact
2015 Jul 4Juerg LinigerEarthGrand Chavalard, SwitzerlandImpact
2015 Jul 3Jhonathon FlorezEarthSwitzerlandImpact
2015 Jun 4Kedley OlivettiEarthPedra do Cabrito, BrazilImpact
2015 May 28Alexey AlekseevEarthMiat-Loam Ingushetia, RussiaImpact
2015 May 16Dean PotterEarthYosemite, California, AmericaImpact
2015 May 16Graham HuntEarthYosemite, California, AmericaImpact
2015 May 14Sebastian MullerEarthBrento, ItalyImpact
2015 May 7Jim HickeySpanPerrine Bridge, Idaho, United StatesImpact
2015 May 4Niccolo LettichEarthLauterbrunnen, SwitzerlandLow Pull
2015 Mar 9Bryan TurnerSpanPerrine Bridge, Idaho, USAImpact
2015 Feb 2Channing ArmstrongEarthHollister, California, USAImpact
2015 Jan 15Joshua SheppardAntennaRiver Junction, Michigan, USAImpact
2014 Dec 8Leonardo PiattiEarthMain Exit, Brento, ItalyImpact
2014 Oct 3Donald ZardaEarthSex Rouge, SwitzerlandImpact
2014 Sep 23Sergey MikhalchukEarthLe Pleureur, SwitzerlandImpact
2014 Sep 20Ramon RojasEarthSwispen-Grindelwald, SwitzerlandImpact
2014 Sep 14Gabriel RuizEarthSputnik, SwitzerlandImpact
2014 Sep 13Beau WeiherEarthMount Siyeh, Montana, USAImpact
2014 Sep 7Nikolay VilekghaninEarthAguille du Varan, FranceImpact
2014 Sep 2Alex DuncanEarthCroix de Fer, FranceImpact
2014 Aug 31Jens EkjordEarthHolmenkollen, Oslo, NorwayImpact
2014 Aug 27Stephane VillelongeEarthLauterbrunnen, SwitzerlandImpact
2014 Aug 17Shaun OttoEarthLe Brevent, FranceImpact
2014 Aug 17Eric PlassardEarthMt Grainier, FranceImpact
2014 Aug 16Abraham Cubo LopezEarthBrento, ItalyImpact
2014 Aug 11Maria ShipilovaEarthBrento, ItalyCliff Strike
2014 Aug 6Arnaud DumasdelageEarthPic du Midi d’Ossau, FranceImpact
2014 Aug 6Julien FourgeaudEarthDerivator, Magland, FranceImpact
2014 Aug 1Adam RubinEarthTwin Falls, Idaho, USACliff strike
2014 Jul 17Zachary SommerEarthSilverton, Oregon, USAImpact
2014 Mar 30Ricki WustEarthNose 3, Lauterbrunnen, SwitzerlandImpact
2014 Mar 21Kevin MorrounEarthSweet Spot, Moab, Utah, USAImpact
2014 Mar 13Sean LearyEarthZion, Mount Kinesava, Utah, USAImpact
2014 Feb 8Amber BellowsEarthZion, Mount Kinesava, Utah, USAImpact
2014 Jan 25Ash CosgriffEarthOmega Tower, Victoria, AustraliaImpact
2014 Jan 25Doctor David StatherEarthGrand Canyon, Arizona, USAImpact
2013 Nov 23Daniel MooreEarthG Spot, Moab Utah, USAImpact
2013 Nov 07Andreas Andy PieperEarthVia Ferrata, Lauterbrunnen, SwitzerlandImpact
2013 Oct 08Viktor KovatsEarthBlack Dragon Wall, Zhangjiajie, ChinaImpact/Trees
2013 Sep 19Maxwell BondEarthYellow Ocean, Lauterbrunnen, SwitzerlandImpact/Electrocution
2013 Sep 14Jerad GarnettEarthBrevent, Chamonix, FranceImpact
2013 Sep 08Trond BjeldeEarthGudvangen, Aurland, NorwayImpact
2013 Sep 06Bernhard SzabadosEarthStangenwand, AustriaImpact
2013 Aug 25Dan JohnsenEarthFetanipa/Gudvangen- NorwayProxy flying
2013 Aug 23Alvaro BultoEarthDumpster – Lauterbrunnen, SwitzerlandProxy flying
2013 Aug 19Mario RichardEarthSass pordoi-Dolomites, ItalyImpact
2013 Aug 17Harold PerotteEarthDent de l’Arclusaz, FranceImpact
2013 Aug 16Mikolaj TwinEarthSixt-Fer-à-Cheval, FranceImpact
2013 Aug 13Florian PaysEarthDevolouy, FranceImpact
2013 Jul 25Steffen StrobelEarthBrevent, FranceImpact
2013 Jul 21Jonas SvardalEarthAurland,NorwayImpact
2013 Jul 16Paddy FrenchmanEarthKandersteg, SwitzerlandImpact
2013 Jul 12David ThomassonEarthNazare, Lisboa, PortugalImpact
2013 Jun 21Luke ChappellEarthDirty Devil, Utah, USAImpact
2013 May 30Maksim MalanchuckEarthCei-Loam, CaucasusImpact
2013 May 6Tron K TorsenEarthLauterbrunnen, SwitzerlandImpact
2013 Apr 28Fernando MottaEarthNorth wall ,notch peak- Utah, USAImpact
2013 Mar 03Paul KupsaEarthSputnik, Chäserrugg, SwitzerlandImpact
2013 Feb 09Stel MoixEarthPedra de onca, BrazilImpact wall during flight
2013 Feb 06Pierre GrazonEarthHigh Nose, Lauterbrunnen, SwitzerlandImpact
2012 Dec 29Frank HubbellAntennaKansas, USALow pull impact ground
2012 Dec 26Carl GuichonEarthVercors area, FranceImpact
2012 Dec 04Eiliv RuudEarthGrand Canyon, USAImpact
2012 Oct 20Franck AgierEarthHigh Ultimate, LauterbrunnenImpact
2012 Oct 06Sean BullingtonEarthNotch Peak, Utah, USAStrike
2012 Sep 10George Allan StaiteEarthITW, ItalyImpact
2012 Sep 09Wioletta RoslanEarthStechelberg, SwitzerlandImpact
2012 Aug 24Hasse UllaeusEarthKjerag, NorwayImpact
2012 Aug 11Marcus StiglitzEarthKandersteg, SwitzerlandStrike
2012 Aug 07Shane MurphyEarthArve Valley, FranceImpact
2012 Jul 23Jon Inge HovdaEarthBrevent, Chamonix, FranceHigh speed WS impact
2012 Jul 18Andre G SementileEarthTrollveggen, Romsdalen, NorwayImpact wall
2012 Jul 07Alan Malcolm McCandlishEarthKandersteg, SwitzerlandImpact talus
2012 Jun 23Hervé Le GallouEarthObiou Mountains, FranceImpact
2012 Jun 11Jake SimkinsEarthZakynthos, GreeceFall – impact
2012 May 19Markus WylerEarthVia Ferrata, LauterbrunnenNo pull
2012 Mar 30Carlos de la FuenteEarthHigh Nose, LauterbrunnenCliff strike
2012 Feb 26Sergio de Oliveira CostaEarthMontserratImpact
2012 Feb 26Alexander “Shpank” VtyurinAntennaRussia, Beliy GorodokImpact
2011 Nov 15Holly BrittsanEarthUSA, Rock Canyon in UtahImpact / Hard landing
2011 Oct 21Antoine MontantEarthFrance, Haute SavoieUnknown
2011 Oct 15Rob KellyEarthFrance, Sixt-Fer-à-ChevalImpact
2011 Sep 16Valentina RotarEarthSwitzerland, High NoseLow pull
2011 Sep 15Nico MüllerEarthSwitzerland, FisistockNo pull
2011 Sep 09Rabrice RieuEarthFrance, SallanchesImpact ledge
2011 Sep 03Pete CertainSpanUSA, Twin fallsLow pull
2011 Aug 14Olivier LabauveEarthFrance, St. Julien MontdenisUnknown
2011 Jul 18Arne AarsetEarthNorway, RomsdalenLow pull
2011 Jul 12Jeremy GraczykEarthSwitzerland, Eiger MushroomUnknown
2011 Jul 07Dave KaraffaEarthSwitzerland, LauterbrunnenImpact ledge
2011 Jun 26Rudolphe ClimentEarthSwitzerland, LauterbrunnenTree impact
2011 Jun 13Ted RuddEarthNorway, SunndalssraImpact wall
2011 Jun 06Bryan HirnEarthFrance, Chateau de CartesImpact wall
2011 Jun 03Michel GaillardouEarthItaly, BrentoImpact wall
2011 May 06Mirko SchmidtEarthFrance, ChamonixUnknown
2011 May 03Evgeny ChernatskiyEarthItaly, BrentoWall Strike / Impact
2011 Apr 30Max MoretEarthFrance, MolaireImpact
2011 Jan 30Lucas OliverAntennaAustraliaUnknown
2011 Jan 24Gary “Muppet” HarbirdEarthSwitzerland, High UltimateUnknown
2010 Dec 30Mike MarkoEarthSwitzerlandUnknown
2010 Oct 08Yngve Fřsker FjeldstadEarthNorway, KarskraatindUnknown
2010 Sep 27Kylie “Buffy” TantiBuildingMalaysia, Alor StarImpact
2010 Sep 14William HeidebrechtEarthSwitzerland, LauterbrunnenImpact – low pull
2010 Aug 04Clément BorrelEarthFrance, Dent de CrollesUnknown
2010 Aug 04Herbert WeissmannEarthSwitzerland, LauterbrunnenUnknown
2010 Jul 25Aude-Marianne BeretucchiEarthUSA, BaringCliffstrike
2010 Jul 24Anton KnestyapinEarthNorway, KjeragUnknown
2010 Jul 22Allisyn Anne Beisner-MartinezEarthItaly, BrentoWall Strike
2010 Jul 17Tyler StimsonAntennaUSA, VirginiaUnknown
2010 Jul 08Jeremy FrançoisEarthFrance, MaglandImpact
2010 May 23Daryl NorrisEarthAustralia, Wallaman FallsImpact
2010 May 09Jim MitchellEarthCanada, BaffinImpact
2010 Apr 25Michele AvanziEarthItalyUnknown
2010 Apr 12Geoffrey RobsonEarthSouth Africa, StellenboschImpact
2010 Jan 16Mark MosleyOtherUSA, West MineralUnknown
2009 Dec 21Darren BullEarthSwitzerland, LauterbrunnenCliff Strike
2009 Dec 04Darrell DunafonAntennaUSA, Casa GrandeElectrocution
2009 Nov 28Bernd StrehleEarthSwitzerland, LauterbrunnenImpact
2009 Nov 19Scott ‘Moose’ DoyleEarthUSA, JeromeCliff Strike
2009 Nov 13Ueli GegenschatzBuildingSwitzerlandBuilding Strike
2009 Oct 31Jimmy FreemanEarthAustralia, New South WalesImpact
2009 Sep 09Leroy BuckleyEarthUSA, Utah, DeltaImpact
2009 Sep 07Stefan DrenchevEarthSwitzerland, LauterbrunnenCliff Strike
2009 Aug 10Mike WarrenEarthNorway, BispenImpact
2009 Jun 04ThibauxEarthSwitzerland, LauterbrunnenUnknown
2009 Apr 08Gorm Irgens ŘstlieEarthNorway, RomsdalenUnknown
2009 Mar 26James Shane McConkeyEarthItaly, Sass Pordoi (Dolomites)Impact
2009 Feb 28Aleksei IrzhembickijAntennaBelarus, MinskImpact
2009 Feb 28Roar RostenEarthSwitzerland, LauterbrunnenUnknown
2009 Feb 15Chad Dennis SuppaEarthUSA, SaguaroCliff strike
2008 Dec 29Daniel Papy JacqueminSpanBelgium, RemouchampsImpact
2008 Oct 16Igor Anis AnisenkoEarthUkraine, CrimeaImpact
2008 Sep 11Simon Skovgaard JensenEarthSwitzerland, LauterbrunnenImpact
2008 Sep 09Tommy Tiger’n HjertEarthNorway, RomsdalenUnknown
2008 Aug 22Ben CannonEarthSwitzerland, LauterbrunnenImpact
2008 Jul 01Yoann LizerouxEarthSwitzerland, InterlakenImpact
2008 May 25Angus Gus Hutchison-BrownEarthSwitzerlandUnknown
2008 May 25Emanuele AmadoriEarthItaly, TrentoImpact
2007 Oct 13Jeferson BitencourtBuildingBrazil, Curitiba CityImpact after cutaway
2007 Oct 09Alexander BogoroditskiyEarthSwitzerland, LauterbrunnenImpact
2007 Sep 30Oleg KudriaEarthSwitzerland, LauterbrunnenImpact
2007 Sep 13Marcelo DutraAntennaBrazil, Encantado CityImpact
2007 Sep 07Bert BrooksEarthSwitzerland, LauterbrunnenWall Strike
2007 Aug 14Stephen Richard AndertonEarthNorway, LangrappikenUnknown
2007 Jul 07Nikolai EnsEarthRussia, NalchikCliff Strike
2007 Jun 30Jean-Marc MoulignEarthFrance, VerdonDrowning
2007 May 09Jimmy HallEarthCanada, Sam Ford FjordImpact
2007 Apr 10Yegor DrozdovSpanUSA, Twin FallsImpact
2007 Mar 21Mikhail PanchenkoAntennaRussia, VladivostokDrowning
2007 Feb 10Sean RichardsOtherSpainStrike
2007 Jan 28Alexander ChavdarAntennaRussiaImpact
2007 Jan 04Rene DuriauxEarthFrance, BeneviseUnknown
2006 Dec 27Edgar KrausEarthItaly, BrentoImpact
2006 Nov 18Csaba ZsirosEarthSwitzerland, Lauterbrunnen (La Mousse)Impact
2006 Nov 03Joe LathropSpanUSA, Twin FallsImpact
2006 Oct 21Brian Lee SchubertSpanUSA, New River Gorge BridgeImpact
2006 Sep 15Adam GibsonEarthMexicoImpact with wall
2006 Sep 09Bernd StEarthAustria, Dachstein SouthwallWall Strike
2006 Jun 18Mario MassatoAntennaBrazil, Ribeirăo do SulImpact
2006 May 29Shannon Carmel DeanSpanUSA, Twin FallsImpact
2006 May 27Tony Coombesy CoombesEarthNorway, TrollveggenWall Strike
2006 May 06Alexey SayutinEarthUkraina, EngelskWall Strike
2006 Apr 16Stephane LLonideEarthSwitzerland, LauterbrunnenWall Strike
2006 Apr 15Stephan GrossmanEarthSwitzerland, LauterbrunnenWall Strike
2006 Mar 15Paul Smith-CrallanAntennaUnited Kingdom, SwanscombeImpact
2005 Dec 31Julian Tom ManshipAntennaUSA, North CarolinaImpact
2005 Nov 11Vadim Vertz VertzgaizerAntennaRussia, AngarskStrike / Impact
2005 Jul 19Darcy ZoitsasEarthNorway, KjeragImpact
2005 Jul 03Jurij GraciovEarthFrance, ChartreuseImpact / Strike
2005 May 21Siller WolfgangEarthAustria, DrachenwandImpact
2005 May 16Olov Axel KappfjellAntennaFrance, ParisImpact / Strike
2005 Mar 24Johannes TeiglandEarthItalyImpact
2004 Nov 17Erich WagarAntennaUSA, SomersetImpact
2004 Oct 29Jason Fitz-HerbertEarthAustralia, Bungonia GorgeStrike
2004 Oct 22Roland SimpsonBuildingChina, ShanghaiStrike
2004 Aug 21Duane ThomasEarthSwitzerland, LauterbrunnenImpact
2004 Jul 05Jeff BarkerEarthUSA, Mount BakerImpact
2004 Jun 18Andi KEarthSwitzerlandImpact
2004 May 03Alexander PapucaAntennaRussia, SaratovImpact
2003 Nov 23‘Bruno’SpanFrance, TulleImpact
2003 Oct 09Jason CorcoranSpanUSA, Twin FallsImpact
2003 Aug 13Gabi DematteEarthSwitzerland, Gasterntalstrike, impact
2003 Aug 11Fabrice ParentEarthSwitzerland, Lauterbrunnenstrike
2003 Jul 23Linus RainsEarthNorway, Trollveggenstrike, impact
2003 Apr 05Alexi KosarevEarthItaly, Brentostrike
2003 Jan 27Bill FroggeEarthUSA, Utah – Moabimpact
2003 Jan 11Robert HindenEarthSwitzerland, Engelbergstrike
2002 Oct 11Lukas KnuttsonEarthSwitzerland, Engelbergimpact
2002 Sep 12Rob TompkinsEarthNorway, KjeragImpact
2002 Sep 01Kirill KiselevEarthNorway, Vikesaxa (Eiksdalen Valley)Impact
2002 Aug 25Tore LillebostadEarthNorway, Sunndalssra (HHrstadnebba)Impact
2002 Aug 15Christophe AvertyEarthFrance, Falaise des GillardesImpact (Object)
2002 Aug 13Wolfgang Wolle BumerEarthSwitzerland, Lauterbrunnenunknown
2002 Aug 06Dr. Nikolas (Nik) HartshorneEarthSwitzerland, LauterbrunnenObject Strike
2002 Jul 23Lori BarrEarthNorway, LysebotenImpact (Object)
2002 Jun 15Brian StoutSpanUSA, Idaho, Twin FallsImpact
2002 May 29Lee Skypunk WerlingAntennaUSA, FloridaImpact
2002 May 01Andrei GrunbergEarthUkraine, CrimeaImpact (Object)
2002 Apr 01unknown maleBuildingRussia, St. PetersburgImpact?
2001 Sep 27Massimo MazzeoEarthItaly, Monte BrentoImpact (Total)
2001 Jul 22Erin Aimee EngleEarthItaly, Monte BrentoObject Strike
2001 Apr 02Thierry Van RoyEarthSwitzerland, Lauterbrunnen (La Mousse)Impact
2001 Jan 01WithheldEarthPuerto RicoImpact
2001 Jan 01Michael Schlefy SchaferEarthUSA, Arizona, CourthouseObject Strike / Impact
2000 Jan 01Trevor YatesEarthAustralia, Wollemi National Park – Big GlassyImpact
2000 Jan 01FredEarthFrance, VerdonImpact (Object)
2000 Nov 02Jorge Juan DomenechEarthItaly, Monte BrentoObject Strike
2000 Aug 05Valentino VentoriEarthNorway, LysebotnImpact
2000 Jun 10Terry ForrestalEarthNorwayObject Strike / Impact
2000 May 07Andrea QuarisaEarthItaly, Monte BrentoImpact (Talus)
2000 Feb 09Roger ButlerSpanUSA, Idaho, Twin FallsDrowning
1999 Oct 22Jan DavisEarthUSA, El CapitanImpact (Total)
1999 Aug 15Kirill GoretovEarthNorway, LysebotenObject Strike
1999 Aug 08Joshua Michael McVayEarthUSA, Columbia River GorgeObject Strike
1999 Aug 04Daniel TwomeyEarthNorway, TrollspiretObject Strike / Impact
1999 Jul 07Thor Alex KappfjellEarthNorwayObject Strike
1998 May 14Bob Bromo NeelyAntennaUSAImpact (Ground)
1997 Dec 02Christopher KennedyAntennaUSA, TucsonImpact (Ground)
1997 Aug 04Torben PetersenEarthAustralia, Bungonia GorgeExposure, Object Strike
1997 Jul 29Stina Ulla OstbergEarthNorway, LysebotenImpact (Object)
1996 Dec 25Gary DawsonEarthNew ZealandObject Strike
1996 Oct 28Alexander HasekeEarthFrance, MaglandObject Strike
1996 Oct 21Jeff Maggilla ChristmanEarthUSA, El CapitanObject Strike
1996 Aug 16Sebastian DectotEarthNorway, LysbotnImpact
1996 Jan 01Don SampsonSpanUSA, Colorado, Royal GorgeStrike(Canopy)
1995 Dec 20Theresa TranEarthUSA, California, RiversideImpact
1994 Apr 03Andre JewettAntennaUSA, Mississippi, JacksonImpact
1994 Apr 15Xaver BongardEarthSwitzerland, Staubbach – LBStrike(Canopy)
1994 Jan 01Paul ThompsonEarthUSA, Arizona, Lake PowellStrike(Freefall)
1993 Jan 01Susan OatlyEarthUSA, El Capitan – Yosemiteunknown
1993 Jan 01Joe ShawEarthAustralia, Bungonia GorgeStrike(Canopy)
1993 Nov 15Jason RooneyBuildingAustralia, SydneyImpact
1993 Jan 01Marita SchneiderEarthVenezuela, Angel FallsStrike(Canopy)
1993 Jan 01Jonathan BowlinEarthUSACanopy Entanglement
1992 May 20Darren NewtonBuildingUnited Kingdom, LondonStrike(Canopy)
1990 Jun 10Robert MorrisBuildingUSA, Pennsylvania, PhiladelphiaImpact
1990 Jan 01Mike HerronSpanGermanyImpact
1989 Feb 17Jean-Marc BoivinEarthVenezuela, Angel FallsStrike(Canopy)
1989 Jan 01Dick PedleyBuildingUSA, California, Century CityStrike(Canopy)
1989 Jan 01David DunblazierSpanUSA, Colorado, Royal GorgeStrike (Canopy)
1988 Jan 01Mitch RenoEarthUSA, California, Half Dome – YosemiteImpact
1988 Jan 01Marlen BufordBuildingUSA, South Carolina, Myrtle BeachHard Landing
1987 Oct 01Steve GyrstingSpanUSA, West Virginia, NRGImpact
1987 Aug 23Antonio VanoneEarthItaly, North WallStrike(Canopy)
1987 Jan 01Michael GibbardEarthUnited Kingdom, Chedder GorgeImpact
1986 Oct 13Rick StanleySpanUSA< Virginia, NRGDrowning
1986 Jun 20John FosterEarthNorway, TrollveggenStrike(Freefall)
1986 Jan 01Marilyn EttemaEarthAustralia, Wollomobi FallsStrike(Canopy)
1986 Jan 01Jeb WilliamsAntennaUSA, Texas, DallasImpact
1985 Aug 24Jari MynttinenEarthNorway, TrollveggenStrike (Freefall)
1985 Aug 18Jorgen HakonsonEarthNorway, TrollveggenStrike (Freefall)
1984 Jun 07Carl BoenishEarthNorway, StabbenStrike (Freefall)
1983 Mar 07Pauli BelikAntennaSweden, StockholmImpact
1983 Oct 01Michael WilliamsSpanUSA, West Virginia, NRGDrowning
1982 Jan 01Jimmy TylerEarthUSA, California, YosemiteStrike
1982 Jun 02Frank DonnellanBuildingUnited Kingdom, LondonImpact
1981 Oct 10Larry JacksonEarthUSA, Colorado, Black CanyonStrike (Canopy)
1981 Apr 11William HarmonAntennaUSA, Virginia, SuffolkStrike (canopy)

79 thoughts on “BASE Fatality List

    1. I was around Susan Oatly when see was a student, my friend was her in instructor ,
      See took forever to get off student status. When did graduate she still had a problem with her legs being up. So to close out her un know on her mistake at El Cap. she back slid into the face of El Cap. and fell to her death.
      Dan

      1. Dan, I hate to tell you but your statement makes no sense. Clearly, you did not profit from your time at school.

      1. Several others as well. I don’t think they’re keeping up with the site.

        But most recently, aye, RIP Potter and Hunt

    2. It wasn’t the fall that killed them……..it was the sudden stop at the end.

    3. Having a 3 way with two Beautiful Women or going on a Roller Coaster is my way of having a Thrill, but to each there own. Lot of Respect for those that took the chance to Base jump.

    4. I knew nothing of this sport until I saw the documentary about about Carl Boenish
      “Sunshine Superman” which was not only informative but inspiring. The thing that dawned on me is the very small margin for error in most of these jumps. My conclusion was that to prevail at BASE jumping over time you have to be a lot good and a little bit lucky.

  1. My greatest respect to these brave BASE jumpers.
    Rather die while living and doing what you love, than never live at all.

    Respect and condolences.

    1. hm..how is jumping off a building away to live? its thrill seeking, and thrill seekers need more extreme means to generate the thrill
      russian roulette is another method

      1. why do you give a crap? no ones making you leap off of anything are they? if youre super content with normal day to day drudgery, im happy for you, youre easily amused. someone elses lifestyle so long as it isn’t interfering with yours is none of youre business. youre gonna die anyway someday, and me personally would rather go out with a bang, as opposed to colon cancer or heart disease, or even worse, dementia. I mean do you know how alzhiemers kills you? your body forgets how to swallow and even breathe…. I don’t want to live to be 70 or older,I think its foolish to live in fear of death, cause theres no escape, just a ,matter of running the clock forward. I think having the courage to jump off of a building to pursue the dream of flight is amazing, I mean who hasn’t ever, at least once as a kid, dreamed of flying? dude, youre a real wet blanket

        1. Bodey, you seem to be a little high strung. Brian just simply gave his opinion, I don’t think it was a direct attack on you. The point is that we all take risks of some sort. In the U.S I used to sky dive but had to give it up, too hard on my aging knees. I spent ten yrs on Active Duty and managed not to get killed. I now live in Germany so I ride my bike on the autobahn at 260+ kph. I also hunt in not so wide open areas surrounded by a bunch of other guys with guns who don’t always see you in the thick forest (how about that for a risk)? Bottom line is that most of us take calculated risks daily…some risks are just harder to calculate than others. Enjoy your choices. Free fall!

          Papo

      2. I totally agree with you. I have to admit a certain admiration of Jeb Corliss, and maybe a few other brilliant young professionals doing this, but most of the people doing this are playing the EXACT equivalent of Russian Roulette or landing at Normandy on D-Day, except for no grand reason. I’m sure its exhilirating, the footage is incredible, but Corliss will tell you flat out that get used to everyone you know dying, and then you dying. He’s one of the best and that’s why he’s still alive, but I fully expect to hear he’s dead one day unless he retires, and he seems to be acting like he might. People who do this who have children are just idiots.

        People should work on their intellects more. Getting on stage is a risk that won’t kill you. Trying to sell your art or music is another. Helping the poor is another. Make a million dollars and give it away. I understand flying is a thrill, but you can get that in a supervised skydiving trip or a parasail or whatever. This activity is statistically so dangerous it’s comparable to running onto an interstate, and about as productive.

        Please no more rationales. I can get my thrills from watching it. Ultimately, the biggest thrill is from cheating death, but for what – making a stupid video that won’t compete with the pros? It’s really for the dumb.

        1. People think this is more dangerous than it is. Yes people die, yes people get hurt. Driving a super sport motorcycle is equally dangerous. Deaths have been mounting in BASE because of BASE jumpers, and wingsuit pilots taking to WisBASE with not nearly enough experience; and doing things they should not when they get away with a few good flights away and decide to try Proxy. Any BASE jumper will tell you, stupidity gets people killed not BASE.

          1. Here’s the problem with your logic: you assume that people with a lot of experience will not make mistakes. It doesn’t matter how much experience you have, the laws of nature state that since you are human, you WILL make another mistake. Most people end up being very experienced drivers, yet we all make mistakes and still get in car accidents. The difference here is that BASE jumpers don’t generally recover from their mistakes. They are fatal.

          2. Ture that! People like to hate on things because they don’t understand it.And when people don’t understand things it gives them anxiety.and fear because they can’t fit in with the topic.So they join in the only way they can,by saying that’s stupid or…well just look what some are say that proves it right there! “Social anxiety” all they want is to be apart of the conversation. .Even if they have NO idea what to say..but that’s OK every one is entitled to there own opinion.

            Alexander you are 100% right

      3. If you don’t get it, fine, that’s why we call you, “Wuffos.” Either you get it or you don’t.

      4. Many base jumpers have attained hundreds or thousands of jumps. Statistically speaking Russian Roulette has drastically worse odds.

        We are all thrill seekers in our own ways.

      5. You do not control risks playing russian roulette, while you control everything doing base jumping. That’s the difference !

    2. an amazing and truly inspirational person runs into a burning building to pull your unconscious ass outta there, when everyone else is running outta there— not some hyper nutbar thrill seeker

      1. I do both as a professional firefighter/paramedic/rescuediver and a basejumper. How would you characterise me? A truly inspirational hyper nutbar thrill seeker perhaps?

        Thrill seeking is not even close to being the only reason people basejump or attend to other high risk sports. As long as people are not even trying to understand all or even some of the various reasons, their opinnions seem somewhat indifferent to me.

    3. If life Is finite then I would agree but If not , then why throw the opportunity to grow spiritually for a rush.

    4. Oh well, they wanted to play. As long as they did not take any innocent people with them…let them jump.
      And have one of their friends clean up the mess, instead of Rangers or Paramedics having to clean up

  2. These people were heroes.. They opened a new way to live… Lots of risks, but intense emotions.. one day, we will be able to do what they did in a safety way, because of their research in that field and their sacrifice. RESPECT and PEACE to them.

    1. Nothing “Heroic” here at all. Just thrill seeking, noting wrong with that , but nothing heroic.

        1. There’s nothing heroic about base jumping, I understand the need for an adrenaline rush, but putting your life at risk like this is selfish. You don’t understand how your, possible, death will impact your family and friends. I’ve done some stupid things in my life, things that could have killed me, but nothing that risking. I would climb anything someone dared me to, but I was young and unbreakable, invincible and believed nothing would happen to me. Well, that was 35 years ago and one last dare, I’ve been a quadriplegic since that day. You’re not unbreakable, you will die, not your next jump or the one after that, but eventually, you’ll pull the rope too late, crash into a wall or a malfunction of your chute. It’s just a matter of time.
          And to the guy who said “it’s the sudden stop that kills you”, you’re a cold hearted ass.

          1. maybe they just didnt care about their family, or maybe its the fact that its something that they enjoyed doing. you can sit in your house being “safe”, we will be out here doing what we love

          2. Thank you for sharing your story to help others. I’ve too done some really stupid stuff and could have hurt myself and others. That is the part I can’t forgive myself for. I know you must suffer that as well but please know your story may save someone and after 35 years, I hope you have found some peace. With all fond wishes

  3. Ok, I’ll admit that I’m way too scared to ever base jump, or bungee jump. But let me share my perspective on this deadly activity.
    You are brave people to do this kind of sport. The world needs more of you desperately. Once you go out and do a few sic jumps, why not put this sport behind you and with the rest of your long life, use that courage to help the world. Whether that means taking a stand against oppressive forces, or risking your life to save someone in need of help.
    Thanks for listening.

      1. We all reach the edge one day, one way or another. Some people would prefer to put it off for as long as possible, and squeeze as much joy out of their days as they can.
        You risk losing it all for a momentary thrill, and yet you call them fools.

    1. Brian maybe your the one who is foolish for never being open to knowing what it actually feels like to be truly alive. Silly of you to post such things like this that you really know nothing about. Some of us need more out of life than most. It about quality not quantity. Not trying to be offensive but this is not the place to call all base jumpers foolish considering this is a list of many that have lost their lives. Have some respect

  4. “Rather die while living and doing what you love, than never live at all.”

    I guess life sux, otherwise.

  5. perhaps brian would rather be known as just some guy who got killed at work or car wreck or perhaps if hes lucky old age but thats only if cancer heart or any other illness doesnt get him first and thats his choice of a way to live mine on the other hand is to enjoy everyday wether playing with my kids skydiving wingsuiting or yes base jumping
    i have told my family of all the risks that are involved with my sports of choice and they support me and know if i die tomorrow that i did so living MY life to what i see as its fullest and perhaps my death will also serve to teach the next generation of jumpers a lesson to improve our sport
    nobody has to try these sports i realize we are a elite group which also makes us a close family
    i will never give someone a hard time as to how to live there lives but i expect the same cheers:)

    1. And Peter, I’m sure your kids will understand and be just fine if you do die with your selfish attitude about life! Personally I would of thought your responsibility to there up bringing would take president over cheep thrills! You may well of chosen that life style and to have children but they never chose you to be there parent, one who does not think twice about loosing your life over something that is inherently dangerous and with risk. You have got to be the most selfish person Iv ever come across, void of all responsibility!

      1. Well Darren you obviously have not come across many real people. There is nothing ‘cheap’ aabout the thrills that come with high risk adrenaline sports such as BASE, for one if you want to transition into the sport properly then expect it to cost a few thousand. But aside from materialistic things such as money, if you get it wrong you pay the ultimate price. Your life. However, get it right and you will create almost utterly unique moments where time practically has no arbitrary meaning, you simply live in the moment, in which every minute action can have a serious effect on the outcome that can only go one of two ways. To say a BASE jumper has no regard for losing his life is foolish – the man with a death wish would be dead. No jumper wants to die. We all like to think we have control over our fates but it is simply an illussion we all take for granted. Nothing scares me more than routine, nothing scares me more than waking up in 20 years time wondering where the hehell it all went. I would rather jump off a cliff… =)

        1. Ive never based jumped Eric but this statement……get it right and you will create almost utterly unique moments where time practically has no arbitrary meaning, you simply live in the moment, makes perfect sense

    2. Seems elitist more than elite? Just as pompous and selfish especially if u support a family but maybe you rich and u got great life insurance and your kids will be fine without you if an accident occurs. There are a high percentage of fatal mistakes in the “sport” right??

  6. I am reading this as a beginner, at the request of several experienced BASE jumpers to gain perspective. I hope they nor I never make this list, but I have all the respect in the world for those on it, and who will be on it for pushing the boundaries of human experience.

  7. There are alot of great men/women who are not on this list. I just want to give everyone one (Not just decided) who’ve been in the air that we together are a spark that will never be extinguished. Every jump isn’t to prove were invincible. But to better feel human. Because any of us jumping or not can be taken by Mother Earth any time.

  8. I love looking through an article that will make men and women think.
    Also, thank you for permitting me to comment!

  9. i will risk my life and do anything if its to rescue another life or to advance flight (planes etc) or other human advances to better mankind in some way. but to risk my life for nothing i would not do. there is plenty of risk in rescue missions and so i would risk every thing to save/rescue another life. develop rescue craft that could be dangerous as thats an endeavor that has human rescue as its goal. make your life mean something for others.

  10. The only semi-dangerous sports I’ve done in the past were white water kayaking, skiing and full contact karate. I’m much too scared (or maybe sensible) to base jump. But I just wanted to say something about this death list…..
    Each young person’s name we see here has family; and unless you’ve had someone young die in your family, i.e. a brother or sister or nephew etc, you’ll never know how badly and permanently it affects family, particularly ageing parents (it will likely kill them early). Once a young person dies in a family, something dies inside each close family member forever.
    So before you base jump again think ..is it really worth the risk? ..are you perhaps being selfish by putting your life on the line for the sake of a few minutes of high? …especially if you have young children yourself.
    Youtube is full of videos of brave young people dying young during extreme danger sports and stunts.

    1. Rob-nw Sorry I beg to differ. While any life lost is certainly a devastating experience celebrating the LIFE the person lived can also have its rewards.
      My son used to say “everyone dies, not everyone lives”
      And yes he is on this list.
      Miss him dearly but have nothing but respect for his choices. He lived more than many.
      My son’s life brings pleasure to me every day. Very proud to have known him.

      1. Just have to say your comment Lyn overwhelmed me, and almost brought a tear to my eye – it’s very refreshing to hear someones like yours who’s lost a loved one like this.

        ive thought about BASE a few times and only now actually considering it after I now meet the requirements. I’m not taking it light by any means and if I do go on a course know the actual realisation of standing there might be enough that I realise this isn’t for me and walk away, but for my that’s part of my reasoning for wanting to do it.

        I hate how people say doing X Y Z is selfish because dying will be devastating to friends or family and that means you cant live your dreams, one could argue the opposite.

        1. Understand you cant or shouldn’t go from the office to the edge of a bridge. You really need 200 or better yet, 500 skydives. Legally, no, realistically, yes. So spend years getting into it and don’t make the list when you otherwise wouldn’t have to.

  11. Hats off to these guys for doing what they want, their lives. I live in the Isle of Man, home of the TT races, and people flock here twice a year to see guys doing what they love doing. There’s no run off areas, just hedges, walls and lamp posts. And you come off you’re getting it. As a friend of mine once told me “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much fucking room!!”

  12. Hi all,

    I was in Lysebotn, Norway in July and on Tuesday 22nd, I witnessed a Canadian man jump and then get into trouble, smashing into the mountain several times before being air lifted away in critical condition. I’ve been unable to find out if he survived and is now on the mend?

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  13. i was watching the wingsuit warrior on discovery the other day & was inspired.these base jumpers & wingsuit warriors are either brave or are alpha human beings -they are enjoying life to the max & its their lives & their bodies . to die or live its your choice & to hell with the consequences !!!!
    i’d rather jump out of a plane without a parachute than die a slow angonising death.

  14. I’m not sure why people that are so against BASE are even reading this. Go back to ur 9 to 5 and fat wives. None of you have a clue. RESPECT to those with a pulse an enjoy life. The rest of you get back to your stamp collections.

    1. That’s funny !! And I agree. Even some of the BASEjumpers don’t get it,,they think some of the BASEjumpers take way too big of risk…They wil never get it..Maybe they should stick to direct bag jumps over smooth lakes,,that shouldn’t even count,,their limits are in a different place…I’d have to cut my throat out of boredom……..CE – 5 Bill Legg

  15. Personally, I’m inspired and educated by the list, with great thanks to the compiler and respect to the victims. I think it’s too many. Something’s not quite right about that. I went broke around 2008 due to global financial bullshit and been broke ever since. At that stage I was at 300+ jumps with dreams of doing Angel Falls. The dream is still alive, plus I’d love to have a go at KLT – both of which seem to have adequate “open” (rather than secretive) help available for learning, which is, I believe, the key to greater fun and few deaths. I hope I make it. Things like this site, inspire me to do so.
    Peace and love and happy fun jumping to all !!!

  16. Its a shame people have died doing the best sport, and I hope we learn form their screw ups.

  17. Everyday is a risk. Going to the market and you never make it. So live for today! If you give your life pursuing a challenge, then it’s karma. These people aren’t thrill seekers, not super humans, they are people like you and I. Life is impermanent, so enjoy as you see best, but be pleased that others have found their own way to to enjoy it, too.
    “I used to think the worst thing in life was being alone. It isn’t. The worst thing in life is being with people that make you feel alone.” Mr. Robin Williams

  18. Mark Mosley was a friend of mine from high school. I was sorry to learn of his death, but feel privileged to have known him. I never guessed he would become both a highly-skilled, compassionate dentist and a BASE jumper. He died in southeast Kansas, in a jump from a giant excavating machine that was a local tourist attraction. Tens of thousands of us die every year in meaningless automobile “accidents”; at least Mark died doing something he loved!

  19. Base jumping has definitely been something I have dreamed of doing, but common sense tells me to keep it as a dream.
    At 49 years old, I find surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding and riding my motorcycle enough of a thrill for me.
    With regards to riding my motorcycle, I ride it according to the road conditions and use common sense to enjoy the feeling, and yes, when the conditions are good for it I like to give it a lot of power.
    Surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding are always exhilarating activities to do and the risk factor is minimal even if I did come off the skateboard at great speed down a hill.
    As far as base jumping goes, I think that it looks like a certain path to death.
    I hope that before you die, that you give surfing a try.

  20. You cannot fear death forever. Eventually it will come. These men and women are comfortable with the thought of dying, now they can truly live. They are brave and strong. Cheers.

  21. This IS my correct E-Address. To keep the fatality list right, Contact Rick or Joy Harrison, They run the U.S.B.A. Jean Boenish did before. Rick lives near Galveston, Texas….I th ink it should be kept up with. Try not to get on this list !!!! ha Bill Legg

  22. Our fallen brothers and sisters will always be remembered for living life to the fullest. So many more that are not on this list but this is a reminder to never forget where our sport has come and where it is going.

    Blue Skies!

  23. I watched the base jumper in KL in 2010. Was photographing them. I was on edge also. They were happy enough me taking flash photos.

    My camera went into flash calibration mode just as a girl was jumping – it flashes repeatedly, about 20 a second. No idea why the did it. Was first time and the camera has done it once since in the years I’ve had it.

    Lots of dirty looks but thankfully she was ok.

    One of the jumpers was in flying suit. I heard in 2012 he had a fatal accident in Australia.

    Too dangerous for me. I used to ride super bikes. Have had near death bike accidents.

    Daughter now so I live life very free of risks I used to take.

  24. Ps I think it’s about waying risk and consequence.

    If you ride a motorcycle in hi vis and never speed only only weekends, no problem – even if you have kids (they come Into consequence calculation)

    If you parachute several times a year same.

    If you BASE jump have no children and have wayed the outcome it a decision you’ve made. Hope it doesn’t effect anyone else.

  25. Hi all,
    I am a scientist and as a scientist I remember that if humans can fly using airplanes today it has been thanks to the death of many. I do not know what will be the ultimate outcome of BASE jumping. I do think though that in the near future this activity will give birth to wonderfull potentially life saving applications. To me the people on this list are pioneers who gave their life to satisfy and improve their passion, please respect them and their choices because today they seem marginals but they might be tomorrow’s heroes. Enjoy your life and passions, life is short, BASE or not, the important is to know what to do with the time that is given to you.
    Best regards
    Marco

    1. As a scientist who is thrilled about the study of flight I actively jump my own inventions. Your are correct Marco. The BASE community ..although I am not yet one of them…. is motivated by many things. All will contribute to the progress of human flight among many other things impossible to predict. Hats off to these pioneers in many ways. I for one have become a far better Man for living my life. The idea that our children respect us more for not living our life and living for them is ridiculous. Live YOUR life and be the example to your children on how to extract the most of the days you are given to make decisions. FREEDOM and Progress of Humans is what we are talking about. Not simply existing. It bigger than any one of us. I love these Men and Women who are willing to put it all at stake and push the edge of Human kind. We must also realize that most of BASE are highly skilled pros and get there through a long path of training and effort and not simply stumble upon a building with a parachute….

  26. 2016 Jan 13 Mathew Kenney, 29, of Santa Cruz

    ”A California man has died while wingsuit-flying among remote cliffs on the Arizona-Utah border…”

  27. Would be interested for the list to have more clarity around which were proxy flying accidents.

    1. Dwain Weston died jumping out of a helicopter at a BASE jumping event. He did not die BASE jumping.

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