Ruben falls to his death after parachute failure

A DAREDEVIL, who sneaked into an Alicante cement factory in the dead of night to jump from a 150ft-high chimney, died after his parachute only partially-opened.

Ruben Carbonell, 29, threw himself from the Cemex building in Alicante’s San Vicente del Raspeig, at 1am last Wednesday.

The Costa Blanca native’s aim was to record the jump and post it to his social media channels, dedicated to extreme sports.

A friend with him raised the alarm when the Spaniard crashed to the ground, dying instantly. An investigation is underway to find out how the pair got into the cement factory and managed to climb up the chimney.

The deceased specialised in risk sports, and videos he had uploaded show him jumping from bridges, as well as paragliding and parachuting on an inflatable unicorn.

He had a YouTube channel, Ruben Carbonell Beneyto, but this had just six subscribers. Yet his Instagram channel, fibra3, attracted 562 followers.

According to reports, the deceased and his friend jumped the fence, which was supposed to prevent access to the company’s cement factory.

Once inside, both climbed to the top of a 165ft tower, from which Ruben jumped first. But his parachute did not open fully, for reasons that are being investigated.

His friend, who was at the scene, planned to jump after Ruben had landed. Instead, he contacted the emergency services when Ruben’s parachute failed to open fully.

Police and medics arrived at the scene, but there was nothing they could do to save him.

A new friend, Stefan Faber, said: “This is terrible news. I only met Ruben this summer when we base-jumped together.

“Even though we had spent little time together, Ruben visited me various times in Alicante Hospital after I suffered an accident.

“My friend, I will miss your smile and your joy. I send my heartfelt condolences to all who knew Ruben. Rest in peace, Ruben, and fly free on your wings.”


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