The announcement from Aveyron surprised the extreme sports world. The prefectural decree of May 18 prohibits the implementation of BASE jumping from the three viaducts of Milhaud, Viaduct and Verriere. Until December 31, 2022.
This decree is especially “Absence of a coalition of departments governing this practice, and flying of wingsuits (in winged suits) “.. Appropriate for the prefecture “To avoid the trifles of these potentially deadly practices. “ While being found “Intensifying number of jumps “ When “Information related to this widespread practice over the Internet and social networks”.. Aveyron is also “hazard” For road users. in fact, The practitioner walks down the road. Something that is banned and can distract the driver “Dangerous deviations, decelerations, and even road stops”.. We also know that the Millau Viaduct is used by nearly 5 million vehicles annually.
Thousands of jumps every year
A decision that surprised Millavois’ BASE jumper Gillian Hamcy. He moved to Milhaud four years ago for BASE jumping. And he responds point-to-point to the discussions raised by the prefecture. “In the 20 years of jumping over viaducts, there have never been any traffic accidents or car turns. The prefecture says it is a practice that is prone to accidents and can be fatal. For 20 years, these There were no fatal accidents on the three viaducts, only three serious accidents enclosed in quotes, but thousands of jumps are made each year. Above all, these three serious accidents are me. We’re jumping over private land, so with the permission of the owner, don’t suddenly hit someone walking around. Don’t jump. Over roads and railroads. “
Extreme sports community Also, disagree with the numbers presented According to state services, which counted 203 jumps from the Millau Viaduct in 2017, 278 jumps in 2019, and 590 jumps in 2021. “In 2022 I’ve already made 250 jumps from the viaduct and never jumped alone, so I think these are significantly underrated numbers. Already, I and my friends , Making at least 500 minimum jumps. ”
Verriere is a well-equipped space
In any case, this decision was not necessarily requested by the mayor of the municipality.In Tanus, on the turn hosting the Viaur Viaduct, the jumper Very careful anyway.. “For the Beliere viaduct, the mayor who supports us. It has created a space where we can bend the parachute and park the truck under the viaduct, a little further away from the village.” Gillian Hamsey explains.
As for Milhaud, the city wants to be The epicenter of extreme sports For years, and this ban does not always work.
As a result, Gillian Hamcy has already submitted petitions signed by more than 1,700 people.He will try again Fair relief Trying to reposition the national service.
Great for beginners
The Millau Bridge believes that, above all, the ban on the Millau Viaduct will be completely enforced. Adverse effect in terms of safety.. To be precise, the Millau Viaduct allows beginners to practice a lot and relatively easily. “I really need to learn BASE jumping”, Gillian Hamsey insists. “First you need to jump from the viaduct, the bridge. These are high points. When jumping between two stakes, when the parachute opens, it turns around and passes under the bridge. Affects the object. Don’t give. I just jumped. There is a big open field under these two viaducts so you can stay safe. Also, even though beginners have jumped thousands of times, there are very few accidents. That’s why. ”
Are you afraid of control?
And you don’t have to be afraid of control Cause an accident Warn the young man. “” What scares us in the community is that the Tulle Viaduct already had a history in 2002. There was a beginner jumper chased by the police on this viaduct, and I was in a hurry not to get caught. He didn’t check his gear before jumping and committed suicide during the jump. While checking, he could see him making a small mistake in the routing that allowed him to open his parachute. Everyone who keeps jumping from these overpasses, fears the police, fears fines, less focus on jumps, and I think it’s very prone to accidents.
In 2021, a man died during a BASE jump near the Millau Viaduct, not at the site of the viaduct. He was 35 years old and the canopy did not open properly. Until now, only walking on the viaduct was prohibited and fined. Therefore, the decree aims to prohibit actual jumps.