Base jumper leaps from 120-metre tower but parachute doesn't open as friend films entire thing
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A base jumper's worst nightmare became a reality when his parachute didn't open - but miraculously, he lived to tell the tale.
Back in 2012, the man took the leap of faith from a 120-metre pylon in Russia, and his friend could do nothing but watch on as it went horribly wrong.
Watch the stunt backfire badly here:
The video shows the man - who was reportedly 28 at the time - shuffle towards the edge, before leaping forwards and falling towards the snow-covered ground.
It quickly becomes clear that something has gone wrong though as he hurtles towards the ground, his descent not slowed by the parachute.
He eventually smashes into the snow, and his friend must have feared the worst at this point.
However, the jumper somehow survived the huge fall.
He fractured his vertebrae, pelvis and legs, but was able to walk again within three months, according to MailOnline.
"Holy cow that's incredible he survived," one stunned viewer wrote.
"Wow, this video left me speechless," another said. "Luckily the snow cushioned the impact and saved the guy."
While a third added: "Thank god he survived! I always get uncomfortable seeing it but I kinda wanna see what happens. Knowing he's alive makes me feel better."
Sadly, not everyone is so fortunate, and in June, a British base jumper died after his parachute failed to open during a jump in Italy.
Dylan Morris Roberts was killed instantly after leaping from an 800m ledge known locally as 'Happy Birthday', connected to the popular base jumping exit point Monte Brento.
The 33-year-old was an expert skydiver, having worked at the British Parachute School in Nottinghamshire.
Over his career he'd performed dozens of jumps, and combined his love for the extreme sport with base jumping, which involves parachuting from fixed objects.
The base jumper’s brother Alex said he was ‘heartbroken’ at the news, writing on Facebook: "In the last few weeks we spent time together and he was the happiest he's been in years, and excited to be living a full life again.
"He cared for his people so much and always had so much love to give. Words can't express how lost we are without you Dylan, I love you so much.
"Rest easy in the skies our kid," his tribute concluded.