33-year-old British base jumper dies in the Alps after parachute failed to deploy.

Dylan Roberts was an avid skydiver and base jumper but died tragically when his parachute failed to deploy during an 800m jump in Italy

33-year-old Dylan Roberts
Dylan Roberts, 33, died in a horrific base jumping accident in the Italian Alps

A British base jumper has tragically died after his parachute failed to deploy during a jump in the Alps, according to reports.

Dylan Roberts died in the horror accident in Italy on Friday, just a day after another adrenaline junkie died in a similar incident.

The 33-year-old veteran base jumper was with a group of five friends when he threw himself off a 800-meter ledge on Monte Brento.

The place is known locally as “Happy Birthday” and is one of the most popular destinations in the world for base jumping and skydiving.

Dylan, nicknamed “Englishman” in the base jumping community, jumped from there around 7 a.m. local time, but friends said his parachute didn’t open.






Dylan earned the nickname “Englishman” in the base jumping community.

Onlookers said it hit the side of the mountain on the way down, and local police said it could be due to a mistake in its trajectory.

His body was recovered by mountain rescuers who reached the area by helicopter.

On the online base jumping forum BLINC, they described the path to Dylan’s tragic death. It said how he arrived in Brento three days before the fatal jump.

It continued: “When we got to the exit, he lasered the exit with the intention of giving the numbers to another jumper and noticed that the exit was bigger than he thought.






A picture of Dylan posted by his heartbroken brother Alex Roberts

“The wind was calm on the exit. English was second, exiting with a load of five jumpers. English had a stable exit. I watched his flight and from the exit his flight seemed to be slower.

English flew far over the ground and I lost sight of him. I heard a loud noise, which I initially thought was a canopy, but I could not detect it under the canopy.”

Dylan’s heartbroken brother shared an emotional tribute on Facebook. He wrote: “Heartbroken to announce that our beloved brother Dylan Roberts passed away yesterday.

“He died doing what he loved, which was flying his wingsuit in the mountains of Italy. The only thing he loved more was his family and friends with whom he shared his life and adventures.

“We’ve been spending time together for the past few weeks and he’s been the happiest he’s been in years and looking forward to living a full life again.

“He cared so much for his people and always had so much love to give. Words cannot express how lost we are without you Dylan I love you so much. Rest in heavens, our child.”

Dylan had previously lost a close friend to a skydiving accident and reportedly sustained a serious neck injury during a jump himself.

His friend Aiden Chaffe passed away in late 2018 and Dylan wrote in a heartfelt tribute at the time: “We threw each other a stupid kiss before the last time you jumped off the plane and with that big stupid smile of yours on your face !

“My final memory of you is the happiness and joy we felt through the sport we shared, but we also shared so much more.

“You made me smile through the darkest of times and were always there for me. You were an ‘extremely loyal’ friend and it’s rare to meet someone like you.

“Life will never be the same… until I see you on the other side. I love you x”.

According to BLINC, Dylan had completed thousands of skydives and base jumps prior to the accident.

He was a qualified skydiving instructor and had worked with the British Parachute School in Langar Nottinghamshire.

His social media pages were filled with photos of his favorite pastime, including describing being a skydiving instructor as “the best job I’ve ever had.”

In 2018 he wrote, “Some of the happiest memories I have are of teaching people to skydive and seeing the pure happiness painted in the bright smiles on their faces. I will always remember her for those happy freefall moments.”

Sky Derby, a website that tracks recorded base jumps, reveals that Dylan has performed a number of base jumps in Italy and Switzerland in recent years.

This also included the fact that the graduate of the University of Leeds had already jumped “Happy Birthday” in 2019.

Dylan’s tragic death came just a day after Matthew Glen Munting died in his own base jumping accident.

The Australian drove into a gully on Thursday morning after jumping off Mount Cimone, also in Italy.

The 35-year-old was also an immensely experienced base jumper with thousands of jumps under his belt.

At the time, he was said to be working as a base jumping instructor and living in Dubai with his wife.

Search and rescue teams were dispatched after he failed to return from his jump, but bad weather interrupted their efforts.

When his body was finally found, it was in an inaccessible gorge between Mount Cimone and another mountain.

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