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  • 22 May 2013, 10:02

Base jumper survived parachute fail

A base jumper had a miraculous escape when his parachute failed to open properly for a 1,000ft jump.

Matthew Gough's terrifying experience, near Lake Garda in Italy, was caught on his head camera, reports The Sun.

Mr Gough, 25, said: "Everything was going fine and then I pulled the parachute.

"It comes down to simple bad luck, nothing else, the conditions were fine, the parachute twisted and when it inflated it was facing backwards.

"Due to the twists I couldn't control it, I did the best I could with the situation and tried to avoid the cliff but I didn't have the time or the space to avoid the impact.

"I thought both of my legs were broken so I knew I couldn't go into the lake, plus, I can't swim which made things even worse.

"I feel massively lucky to survive, I have never heard of this sort of thing happening before and especially no one surviving from it.

"I am still going to base jump but it has made me more aware of the risks, I wouldn't want this happening to me again and wouldn't wish it one anyone else."