A Swedish woman was making her final base jump last weekend before giving up the extreme sport due to being four months pregnant when her chute failed to open and she fell 990 feet to her death.
The Daily Mail reports 37-year-old Wioletta Roslan was jumping in Stechelberg, Switzerland, at Via Ferrata cliff, a spot at which she had frequented before.
To add to the tragedy, Roslan’s boyfriend, Aleksander Domalewski, watched on as he too was going to make a jump. The Daily Mail reports Roslan’s mother, Halina Zaniewska-Pettersson, saying she had begged her not to jump and worried each time her daughter would take up the high-risk sport:
“I was always terrified every time I knew that she was doing the sport again and I kept expecting the worst.”
After three people made successful jumps, Miss Roslan and her boyfriend stepped up to the edge.
Ms Zaniewska-Pettersson said: “Aleksander jumped at the same time as her and could only watch what happened. He told me that she desperately tried to get her parachute to open without success.
“It did not open and in the last moment she realised she was not going to succeed. He told me that she had simply spread her arms and waited for the impact.”
The Daily Mail reports Roslan saying in a recent interview with a television station that she found “normal life boring” and was exhilarated while base jumping:
“I only feel alive when I jump. I find normal life boring. I know that death always flies with me but we only have a certain amount of time on the earth. When the sun goes down then it’s game over whoever you are.”
The Sun states Roslan had been jumping since age 19 and had performed hundreds of successful base jumps prior to this accident. It goes on to note a 2009 interview Roslan conducted in Malaysia, at which point she had jumped 600 times, where acknowledged it was “scary” but said she loved it.
According to the Silver Wings Walking Team website, Roslan also performed in airshows as a “wing walker” on airplanes. She is pictured below on a plane flown by Sten Svennson
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