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The man of American nationality, in his 40s, who died this afternoon in Porto da Cruz, Machico, was after all practicing Base Jumping, a mode in which participants throw themselves from great heights using a parachute that, In this case, it will not have opened.

The clarification was made to Jornal Madeira by a paragliding employee who knew the victim.

According to the newspaper, the American came on a pre-Madeira occasion and decided to return two days ago to explore this activity and enjoy the island nature.

The rescue operation is being coordinated by the Funchal Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Sub-Center and the Madeira Regional Civil Protection Service which are evaluating the course of action to be taken. Firefighters are trying to access the victim. The Maritime Police, Machico Municipal Fire and Civil Protection are also on site.