Kylie Tanti: Australian Base Jumper (Photos, Video)

September 30, 2010

Kylie Tanti was the fearless Australian base jumper who died tragically in Malaysia. Who was Kylie? Was she married? Was she an expert sky diver? Keep reading to know all about this news plus sadly the news of Kylie Tanti’s death (video) is below along with her photos found at the great links below, the girls in these pictures are not Kylie.

Malaysian BASE Jumping

Australian Skydiver Kylie “Buffy” Tanti Mundy was 42 years old, people who knew her describe her as outgoing, a free spirit and hilarious woman, Kylie Tanti described herself as slightly damaged, still smiling and to take her as she was. For the quotes she wrote on her Facebook profile it seemed that she had been through a lot, but was a fighter that if life kicked her hard she was willing to kick harder.

She loved life, treasured her friends and made sure they knew she was always there for them. As I went through her amazing quotes, which she said were written on her arms, I can’t help to hold my tears – Kylie must have been a wonderful woman. Here are some of her quotes.

Take one day at a time, and make a masterpiece of each of these days, for tomorrow is promised to no man.
When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you’ve got plenty to watch.
If the grass is greener on the other side, then water where you are.
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we may as well dance.
A friend is a person who knows all about you but still likes you anyway. Kylie ‘Buffy’ Tanti.

According to reports Kylie started base jumping about a year ago, it was something that she felt passionate about and enjoyed very much. Kylie was from Pheasants Nest in the Southern Highlands, enjoyed extreme sports not just base jumping, but also skydiving and Skysurfing after all beaches in the land down under are the perfect scenario for any extreme experience.

On the day of her tragic death, Kylie along with the other 24 adrenaline junkies were at the famous skyscraper practicing for the upcoming BASE jumping competition KL Tower International Jump on October 7th, 11 years after the first BASE Jump . Malaysia’s Alor Setar Tower in Alor Setar, Kedah is Malaysia’s second tallest tower and 19th world wide standing 543ft or 165.5M. While the Petronas Towers is the tallest with 1482.6ft or 451.9M.

Kylie was about to do her third jump of the day on Tuesday September 28th, 2010, but when she tried to open her parachute it was stuck on the camera mounted on her helmet, after some struggle she managed to open it, but it was too late.

Witnesses described in horror Kylie’s struggle to open her chute, but she might have figured it out there was nothing to be done after one witness said he didn’t hear her scream or ask for help. See Kylie Tanti’s picture here.

She was rushed to the hospital, but Tanti was pronounced dead. Australia cries the death of its daughter, friends mourned their beloved, unique and kind friend. Read about this terrible story here and also here.

BASE stands for Buildings. Antennae, Spans and Earth in this case referring to cliffs, all these four are fixed objects. It is believed to be the most dangerous sport recreationally speaking. Since its beginning in 1978 there are about 148 fatalities in BASE Jumping, the first was William Harmon on April, 1981 from an antennae tower in Virginia (strike, canopy) and Frank Donellan was the first to die on impact when he jumped off a building in London in June 1982.

Or thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends throughout this terrible time. Would you like to express your condolences? Take a look at some other BASE jumpers and news of Kylie’s jump of death (video below).

BASE Jumpers 1BASE Jumping MalaysiaBASE Jump
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Kylie Tanti Death news video

Photos: Anita Bugge.

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One Response to “Kylie Tanti: Australian Base Jumper (Photos, Video)”

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    Paul Sez Says:

    Article sez that she was “rushed to the hospital”, but pictures and video show her apparently being scrapped off the pave, poured into a body bag and hauled off.