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Base-jumper Karina Hollekim tells of surviving fall

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Media captionBase-jumper Karina Hollekim relives the moment her parachute failed to open during a 10,000ft skydive

A base-jumper whose faulty parachute caused her to hit the ground at 100km/h has spoken of the moment she thought she was going to die.

Karina Hollekim, 35, from Norway, was speaking ahead of a lecture she is giving at the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival on Saturday.

She had 21 open fractures in her right leg and lost more than three litres of blood after the jump in Switzerland.

But she survived and will address the festival, which runs until Sunday.

Ms Hollekim, who was told by doctors she would never walk again, told BBC Scotland how she can now walk and ski again.

The accident happened on 20 August 2006.

She said: "When I jumped out of the plane everything was perfect but when I tried to open my chute to land on the grass in the field in front of the spectators it had a malfunction.

"It pulled to one side so it started spinning uncontrollably.

"I hit the ground at more than 100km/h and hit a huge boulder.

"It crushed both my legs from my hips down.

"When I was falling I was thinking I was going to die.

"It was my dream to come back to the mountains and that's what kept me going each day of my recovery."

In the years before her accident Ms Hollekim jumped off some of the highest buildings and skied down some of the steepest mountains in the world, becoming the first woman to complete a ski base jump.

Her biographical film, 20 Seconds of Joy, won the Best Film on Mountain Sports and People's Choice awards at the 2007 Banff Mountain Film Festival.

In 2009/10 she made it back onto skis for the first time since her accident.

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