12 Sep 2012

Dead jumper named

1:59 pm on 12 September 2012

A New Zealand man who died base jumping in Italy on Monday has been named. He was George Staite, 28.

The Ansa news agency said he was with a group of 10 jumping off a peak known as Eagles Beak, in the region of Trentino Alto Adige.

It's believed he fell 700m when his chute failed to open.

He was the second New Zealander to die base jumping this year. In July, Alan McCandlish, 31, died while base jumping in Switzerland.

Blake Byles, a New Zealand film maker based in Britain, said on Wednesday he was working on a video about base jumping with Mr Staite.

He was sent an email by Mr Staite saying he was going to do a huge jump the next day at Eagle's Beak.

Footage of Mr Staite base jumping was attached and Mr Byles said he might put a tribute film together in memory of his friend.