Saturday 19 August 2017

Base jumper 'lost control on way down cliffs'

The Rescue 115 helicopter hovers close to the base of the Cliffs of Moher during the operation to recover Malcolm Rowley. Photo Press 22
The Rescue 115 helicopter hovers close to the base of the Cliffs of Moher during the operation to recover Malcolm Rowley. Photo Press 22

Pat Flynn

The base jumper who died in Saturday's cliff tragedy in Co Clare is believed to have lost control after his parachute snagged the cliff face on the way down.

Extreme sports enthusiast Malcolm Rowley (45), from Cork, died after he jumped from the 700ft-high Cliffs of Moher on Saturday morning.

Another man had completed the same jump moments earlier and watched in horror as Mr Rowley plummeted to his death.

A third man was observing the jumps from the cliff top.

Malcolm Rowley
Malcolm Rowley

It's now believed that Mr Rowley had met the other two men, believed to be from Tullamore in Offaly, only the previous night. The three are believed to have met at Aill Na Searrach, where the Cliffs of Moher are at their tallest, early on Saturday morning.

The alarm was raised at 7am when the National Ambulance Service was alerted to the incident.

Mr Rowley died despite a quick response from emergency crews.

Irish Independent

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