25/06/2018 15:19 SAST | Updated 26/06/2018 12:47 SAST

British Base Jumper Dies After Crashing Into Mountain In Italian Alps

The man has been identified as Robert Haggarty.

A British man has died while base jumping in the Italian alps.

The man, named as Robert Haggarty, was wearing a wingsuit for the jump, but hit the mountainside before crashing down to a ledge 180m below.

The 47-year-old was with a group of 25 on the 2,900m Busazza mountain in the Dolomites, north of Venice, when the accident happened.

The alarm was raised when he was spotted getting into difficulty with his parachute. He is thought to have died instantly upon impact.

A helicopter reached the area and sent down three technicians who recovered his body, reports.

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The 9,500ft Busazza mountain in the Dolomites, north of Venice.

A police spokesperson told Britain's The Sun: "We were alerted by several witnesses who had seen the man get into trouble.

"One theory we are looking at is that he didn't time his take-off well and was too close to the side of the mountain.

"His body was recovered by a three-strong team and that was also a very difficult operation which involved lowering the body by harness 160ft [~49m]."

A U.K. foreign office spokesperson said: "We are providing advice and support to the family of a British man following his death in Italy, and are in contact with the Italian authorities."

Last year an Austrian surgeon, 47, died base jumping in the Dolomites.