Horror moment: The daredevil shatters his legs when the base jump goes horribly wrong and he’s stuck on a mountain for 17 hours
THIS is the horrifying moment a base jumper broke his legs and was stuck on a mountain for 17 hours.
TikTok user known as “Endless adventures‘ took to the social media platform to tell his 1.1million followers his harrowing story, which happened outside of Cape Town, South Africa in February 2020.
The footage begins with the daredevil wearing a crash helmet and seemingly stuck on the edge of a cliff while the voiceover says, “It was the worst day of my life and probably the happiest.
“I hurt myself really badly afterwards. It took me a year to recover.”
He adds: “I’ll tell you how it all happened.
“Most of the time it was my fault, but you know you try to learn from your mistakes. You can’t promise that something like this will never happen.
The TikToker said: “I flew to South Africa with my wife and went on holiday there for three weeks.
“And then she went home and I still have two weeks to tackle as many things as possible.
The footage then switches to shots of a helicopter.
“After several successful jumps, one of the locals decided to organize a helicopter to take us to a jump we jumped a few days earlier.
“It was a five hour hike and getting a helicopter is always fun so we split the money and booked one.”
He continued: We were the last load of the day and everyone else had already jumped so it was just us.
“The helicopter showed us the direction of the jump, but we were lost for four hours.”
The footage then shows the previous jump and he describes that there is an overhang so “you can fly off the wall and open up really safely”.
But after “wandering around” looking for possible exit points, he came across one that he felt was “not ideal”.
But he added that after going up and down, he “found myself in a position where I couldn’t go up or down any more safely – and I decided to just give it a try.”
“A HORRIBLE MISTAKE”
“That was a terrible mistake.”
The footage then shows the images of the injuries he sustained.
He said he fractured his femur (thigh bone) and ankles and was undergoing multiple surgeries.
The man added, “It took a year of personal training and physical therapy to even walk.”
However, he says the worst part was that “I was stuck on the mountain for 17 hours waiting for rescue.”
He then shares footage of the horrific accident as he jumps off the cliff.
The man says, “You can see my shadow, how close I am to hitting that wall.
“As soon as I see I’m not going to make a good parachute out of this… and it opens a little sideways and I hit right into the wall.
“I sit there for 17 hours.”
The man said it took 40 people and two helicopters to bring him down.
‘I ALMOST DIED’
In the caption, he said: “It was the worst day of my life! On that day three years ago I almost died.
“I still haven’t gotten over the trauma of that day.”
The man, who has not identified himself, added: “I’ve since become a father and traveled the world living an amazing life, but that still crosses my mind at times.
“I’m really happy I got away with it and I’m so grateful to the team of people who rescued me and nursed me back to health.”
The clip was viewed around 49,600 times, received almost 950 likes and generated 50 comments.
One person wrote: “17 hours!!! Damn, why did it take so long? I’m curious! Is it about finding you?”
The TikToker replied, “They can’t do such a rescue at night.”
Another commenter asked: “So calmly told. What went through your mind after your accident?”
“Infinite Adventures” said, “That I would die.”
A third person summed up many people’s feelings by writing: “Nasty! I’m glad you’re here to tell the story.”
In June last year, a British base jumper died after his parachute reportedly failed to open when he fell to the ground in the Italian Alps.
Veteran base jumper Dylan Roberts, 33, who was originally from the UK but lived in the US, was the second of a group of five friends to tumble off Mount Brento in a wingsuit.
In March of the same year, a British tourist died in a base jumping accident in France.
The 34-year-old man, from Newnham, West Northamptonshire, was on holiday with three British friends – one of whom witnessed the horrific accident.