Man falls off cliff, survives.....
Todd Jeffries
10/24/2012

An extreme base jumper is lucky to be alive after a television stunt at the top of a 1,200 metre high cliff went dangerously wrong and left him plummeting to the ground just inches from a rocky cliff face.   Richard Henriksen was invited to be filmed for the popular Norwegian series Normal Madness because of his daredevil approach to the sport - which sees him performing gymnastics on a high bar bolted to the edge of a cliff before launching himself into the air.   But his well-rehearsed routine turned to chaos when the bar collapsed mid-somersault, throwing Mr Henriksen unprepared off the cliff in west Norway - with his head narrowly missing a fatal-blow from the rocks.


The cheering stops and the crew take a moment to take in the horror of what has happened.    While the show's presenter and cameraman Arde Sende Osen admitted he though the father-of-five would die, instead Mr Henriksen miraculously manages to regain control before opening his parachute and floating to safety.  The surgeon, who is an experienced base jumper, can be seen on the video watching the heart-stopping moment he hurtles from the cliff surrounded by his shocked young children after returning home.  The show's presenter Arde Sende Osen was filming when the dramatic events unfolded in front of the lens.

 


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