37-year old professional base jumper, Wioletta Roslan, died in the Swiss Alps on what was to be her final jump before giving up the sport. The Swedish woman had made over 600 jumps but on her final leap her parachute failed to open.
She had travelled to Switzerland with her boyfriend Aleksander Domalewski to make her final jump. As soon as they had arrived the pair headed straight to their favourite spot – the Via Ferrata. A friend of Wioletta spoke with her boyfriend following the tragic incident and gave the following account: “Aleksander jumped at the same time as her and could only watch what happened. He told me that she desperately tried to get her parachute to open without success. It did not open and in the last moment she realised she was not going to succeed. He told me that she had simply spread her arms and waited for the impact.”
In an interview in 2009 Wioletta said: “”I only feel alive when I jump. I find normal life boring. I know that death always flies with me but we only have a certain amount of time on the earth. When the sun goes down then it’s game over whoever you are.”