Australian BASE Jumper Dies
2004-10-27 13:42:52     CRIENGLISH.com
Australian BASE jumper Roland Simpson passed away last Friday after being seriously injured in a failed jump from Shanghai's Jin Mao Tower.
Australian BASE jumper Roland Simpson passed away last Friday after being seriously injured in a failed jump from Shanghai's Jin Mao Tower on October 5th.

The 34 year old BASE jumper received a serious head injury in a leap from Shanghai's 88-storey Jinmao Tower.

He was reported in stable condition when hospitalized in Shanghai Oriental Hospital before he was sent back to Canberra Hospital in Australia where later died.

Simpson, a forester with the NSW Department of Primary Industries in Sydney, was among 38 BASE jumpers from 16 countries invited by the Shanghai Sports Bureau.

BASE jumping is a dangerous sport where participants leap off of objects that are usually well below the skydiving perceived minimum altitude. BASE is an acronym stating for the main types of objects that are jumped. They are Buildings, Antennas, Spans or bridges, and Earth, which refers to cliffs.


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