This is the moment a daredevil parachuter leaps off a 500-foot barrier into a snow-covered dam. Nail-biting footage shows Brit Tim Howell, 28, hurl himself off the top of the Tignes Dam in the French Alps in a risky stunt before landing feet-first. After free-falling for a few seconds, he deploys his parachute and drifts down towards the white landscape below.
With just a narrow landing strip to aim at between buried rocky outcrops and hidden trees, he slightly misjudges and ends up hitting a rock with his feet. ‘I have jumped from this dam many times before, but never when it was this snowy. It was nice to jump in such conditions,’ said Tim. ‘I was BASE jumping off a 500-foot dam and tried to land in the small landing area.
‘Unfortunately due to the amount of snow the one kilometre hike to the jump took many hours. ‘It looks amazing to jump with the snow, but doing it in winter can make it more complicated.’
The Tignes Dam is situated on the Isere River in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It was constructed between 1948 and 1952 with the purpose of providing hydroelectric power. At the time of its completion, it was the tallest dam in Europe.
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