Aerobatic BASE jumper falls off cliff

Parachute saves man from death

Published On: Oct 13 2012 07:43:53 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 14 2012 02:55:05 AM EDT

Here's what you don't want to happen when performing acrobatics near the edge of a cliff.

BASE jumper Richard Henriksen was said to be only "centimeters from death" as he attempted this stunt.

The stand broke, flinging him over the edge of the cliff -- 1,200 meters (about 3,900 feet) above the ground.

One person who witnessed the accident said everyone was certain he had died.

But he managed to open his parachute just seconds before smashing into the ground.