Aussie man dies instantly in tragic accident in Italian Alps

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An Australian BASE jumper has been killed in a tragic accident the day before a British thrill seeker was also lost his life in the Italian Alps.

Australian Matthew Glen Munting, 35, died instantly after impacting a gully after jumping off Mount Cimone on the morning of June 2.

The following day, the extreme sport claimed the life of his fellow BASE jumper.

Aussie Matthew Munting was one of the most experienced jumpers in the world, having racked up 400 jumps with a wingsuit and 3,000 with a parachute.

Mattew Glen Munting, 35, pictured with unidentified child, on his Instagram account. Source: Instagram/Australscope
Mattew Glen Munting, 35, pictured with unidentified child, on his Instagram account. Source: Instagram/Australscope

He was reportedly working as a BASE jumping instructor and had been living with his wife Petra in Dubai for years.

Search and rescue teams were activated after he failed to return from his jump.

Their work was interrupted due to bad weather but the search resumed at first light the following day.

His body was found in an inaccessible gully between Mount Cimone and Jof di Goliz (another mountain) later that morning.

That incident occurred in Italy's north-eastern Friuli Venezia Giulia region, while the second deadly incident took place in northern Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige/Suedtirol region.

British man Dylan Roberts, 33, who was resident in the USA was also reportedly an experienced BASE jumper.

He was the second of a group of five friends to launch himself off Mount Brento in a wingsuit, but he failed to land along with the others in the locality of Oltra.

His friends, who called the emergency services, said his parachute failed to open. It is also believed he may have miscalculated his trajectory.

His body was recovered by mountain rescue workers who were helicoptered into the area.

Australscope

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