We all can agree that drinking then driving is a bad idea. Maybe it’s just me, but base jumping after cocktails doesn’t sound particularly safe either.
A group of Aussie thrill seekers decided to go ahead and risk it—taking ditching and diving to a whole new level!
Four men, unsuspectingly enough, dressed in business suits walked into the Australian 243-metre skyscraper, ordered drinks from level 55 of the 56 floor building at the Vue de monde; then threw themselves off the side of the building.
Hidden parachutes suddenly exposed.
As originally explained on News.com.au this isn’t the first time something like this has happened.
One staff member was quoted as saying,
“We all reacted with a fair bit of calmness because we’ve actually had training for this, it’s happened before at Rialto, happened several times before we’d taken over Vue de monde.
“We all knew what to do. We just wanted to make sure first of all that they were safe, that was the first protocol, getting downstairs, making sure there were no accidents, that everything was alright,” he said.
That doesn’t mean they’re amused. (There’s still a bill that needs to be settled.) Neither are the police.
Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe criticised the stunt, saying BASE jumping was extremely dangerous and reckless.
“It’s not cool, it’s stupid,” Mr Walshe said.
He said the force’s legal experts were looking at legislation on the issue and that the issues of smuggling parachutes under jackets was an issue for building proprietors and their tenants.
But witnesses found it to be awesome. (I admit myself it probably would have been pretty cool to see!)
Witness Nick Peterson was canoeing on the Yarra River past Crown Casino when he saw the rare spectacle.
“It was certainly the highlight of the night,” Mr Peterson said.
“We were just coming back up the river and my wife, who was very observant, saw the first person’s parachute coming down.
“We just stopped rowing and sat in them middle of the river and three more had jumped from the top of the Rialto.
“It definitely happened, it was just amazing to see it.”