People have captured some chilling moments with their action cameras: from close encounters with a shark or a bear to molten lava engulfing a GoPro. A video shot by a lucky base jumper shows his survival as his parachute fails to open, and I’m sure you’ll get chills just from watching it.
[Warning: the video is very loud at the beginning so turn the volume down]
The video was shot in 2011 by Ozy Dunny, and it was recently posted on Reddit. In the one-minute footage, you can see a part of the jump as Ozy hurls towards a forest. His parachute failed to open, but it got caught in the trees, so it still saved him in a way (well, along with the trees).
Ozy gave a bit more detail in comments on YouTube, explaining what happened. Judging from his comments, the accident took place in 2008 in Norway. The jump was from about 1500m, it was 6 am and very cold outside.
“I could not feel hands but knew i had nothing out. I then looked at PC grabbed with both hands, which put me on my back and ripped it out knowing i was now falling straight down now very fast and very low. The parachute we use in Base is a reserve so there is no point changing the system we have. I do not believe it would have made any difference in this situation. No more vid at this place is avilabe to show you. I hope this explains for you. I am not proud to have been in this situation.”
A comment by Redditor blastr007 describes pretty much how I felt while watching this video:
“On the way down he’s thinking I’m the unluckiest person in the world. Hanging there surrounded by peaked boulders he’s thinking, I’m the luckiest person in the world. Huge swing in emotion just seconds apart.”
I had a huge emotional swing just from watching the video, and I can’t even imagine what Ozy felt like. The fall only lasted a few seconds, but they were probably the longest few seconds of his life. “I really needed a beer mate but it was a 3 hour hike out from there in dinosaur terrain with a leg that didn’t work so well after hitting that 1st tree,” he wrote in one of the comments. So, the fall didn’t go without consequences, but a hurt leg is definitely a better option than a certain death. All I have to say is that I’m glad that he’s safe and sound… And that he caught this incredible moment of his survival on camera because I sure hope it won’t happen again.