8 Aug, 2019 @ 13:10
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Costa Blanca daredevil killed after parachute failed to open in 150ft fall from cement factory in Alicante

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

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

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

DAREDEVIL: Ruben’s videos on Facebook have more than 20,000 views

A friend with him at the time raised the alarm when 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 – videos he has uploaded show him jumping from bridges, as well as paragliding and parachuting on an inflatable unicorn.

He has a YouTube channel, Ruben Carbonell Beneyto, but this has only six subscribers. His Instagram channel, fibra3, has 562 followers.


According to reports, the deceased and a friend jumped the fence that prevents access to the cement factory of the Cemex company.

Once inside, both climbed to the top of a tower of about 165ft – roughly 50m – from which Ruben jumped first.

The parachute did not open fully, for reasons that are still being investigated, according to Las Provincias.

TRAGEDY: The cement towers where Ruben lost his life

Ruben’s friend was at the scene and planned to jump after Ruben’s landing.

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. 

COSTA BLANCA: Ruben was from Bocairent, near Ontinyent

?A friend, Stefan Faber, said: “This is such 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.”

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

Contact me now: joshua@theolivepress.es or call +44 07960046259. Twitter: @jjparfitt

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