Charges over BASE jump death

WELLINGTON Crime Investigation Unit has charged a 33-year-old Queensland man with failing to report a death to the coroner following an incident in January this year.

The charges relate to the death of a parachutist in what appears to have been a failed BASE jump from the 432 metre high Omega tower at Woodside.

Sale police were called to the incident near the tower just before 2.30pm on January 25, and discovered the body of 23-year-old Ash Cosgriff of Muswellbrook, New South Wales, following a two hour search.

A Benowa, Queensland, man has also been charged with trespassing on a Department of Defence property.

He will appear at Sale Magistrates’ Court on December 1.

Mr Cosgriff, a member of the Newcastle Sports Parachute Club, was a skydiver who also BASE jumped.

BASE is an acronym for building, antenna, span (bridge) and earth (cliffs) the four places from which jumpers launch.

The Omega tower, Australia’s tallest structure, is a known site for BASE jumping.