Devastated loved ones have paid tribute to a renowned skydiver who plunged to his death after his parachute failed to deploy correctly at a popular Western Australian tourist spot.
Dimitri Didenko, 30, has been remembered by heartbroken family and friends as an "absolute legend", passionate about adventure and thrill-seeking.
The 30-year-old was competing in the Virtual Nationals Skydiving Championships in the coastal town of Jurien Bay, north of Perth, on Sunday, when his parachute deployed incorrectly just after 1pm, sending him plummeting to the ground as friends watched on in horror.
WA Police confirmed Mr Didenko received critical injuries from the fall and died at the scene.
Tributes have flooded social media as loved ones mourn the loss of the thrill-seeker.
"Dimitri Didenko the world won't be the same without you," one woman wrote on Facebook.
"I met you what feels like a life time ago...and we shared so many fun adventures and memories crossing oceans and continents to meet up for skydiving related activities.
"Records were made and most importantly fun was had. It's been a while since we were in touch, thank you for being a friend - keep an eye on all of us."
"Fly free ... I am speechless," another friend wrote.
Mr Didenko had travelled the world to compete in skydiving competitions and was a much-loved figure within the sporting community.
He recently moved to Perth from the Gold Coast and was competing solo in the wingsuit category, which is understood to be an extreme version of skydiving.
Loved one Erica Zanei on a fundraiser called for donations so his body could be repatriated to his family in Italy.
"It is with a heavy heart that we let you know that Dimitri passed away doing what he loved the most," she said.
"Know that your kindness is much appreciated as we navigate this heartbreaking moment.
"We are trying to organise to get him home to his family in Italy and we kindly ask, if you are able to, to donate funds towards the repatriation of his body/ashes."
An investigation will be undertaken by both CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) and the Australian Parachute Federation.
Police have confirmed a report will be prepared for the Coroner.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/jurien-bay-skydiving-death-dimitri-didenko-remembered-as-an-absolute-legend/fc36deda-2cff-49c1-bab8-d65e323d100c