BASE jump training for 2021 FT Day cancelled Saturday, Sunday after fatal incident

A file picture of a BASE jumper leaping off the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry building on Feb 2, 2020. - YAP CHEE HONG/The Star

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The BASE jump training in conjunction with 2021 Federal Territories Day has been cancelled Saturday (Jan 2) and Sunday (Jan 3) following a fatal incident involving one of the jumpers at the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry building Friday (Jan 1).

In the 5.35pm incident, Azuan Taharudin, 49, was training with seven other members of Team Putrajaya Corporation (PPj)

"Training today and tomorrow has been cancelled in honour of Azuan’s burial ceremony," said one of the latter’s friends when contacted via WhatsApp here Saturday.

The BASE jump training was scheduled from Jan 1 to 3 in preparation for the 2021 Putrajaya BASE Jump (PBJ2021) event in conjunction with the Federal Territories Day celebrations which will be held on Feb 1.

It is believed that during the Friday incident, Azuan had managed to open his parachute but lost control and hit the side of the building several times before falling.

He was later taken to Putrajaya Hospital for treatment, but was pronounced dead at 6.10pm.

Azuan had more than 12 years of experience in BASE jumping, and had previously been involved in various BASE jump events in Putrajaya, including those in conjunction with the 62nd National Day and Putrajaya Silver Jubilee celebrations.

Meanwhile, the Ministry, in a statement Saturday, said it and PPj had taken the necessary safety measures based on the set procedures for the trial jump Friday, including having an emergency rescue team on standby at the location.

"Putrajaya Corporation had submitted an application to the ministry, and permission was given based on the conditions that were agreed to by both parties," said the Ministry.

The Ministry said BASE jumping events were held at the its building every year, and the Putrajaya BASE Jump (PBJ) event, which was held for the first time last year, had managed to draw participation from professional BASE jumpers, including those from abroad. - Bernama

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