Monaco mourns the accidental death of Prince’s Carabinier

Prince Albert and his government have given their heartfelt condolences to the family of rifleman Sylvain Panizzi, who was killed in a tragic parachuting accident on 9th July.

32-year-old Sylvain Panizzi, from nearby Menton, was on leave from the Prince’s Carabinierie to undertake an internship in a sports parachuting club in Pamiers. He lost his life during a parachute jump in the town of Saint-Amadou in Ariège.

According to La Dépêche du Midi, “the alert was given by one of the heads of the fire department whose job was to make sure, using his binoculars, that all the jumps scheduled for the day finished safely.”

An investigation has been opened by the Pamiers gendarmerie to determine the cause of the accident.

“It is with great sadness that the Prince’s Carabinieri Corps announces the accidental death of the rifleman Sylvain Panizzi,” said the government in a statement. “Committed to the Corps for eight years, single and passionate about sport, he lost his life during a sports parachuting jump session in Saint-Amadou (09) during his leave. The Prince’s Government shares the pain of the family and the Prince’s Carabinieri Corps and sends them its most sincere condolences.”

Photo source: Government Communication Department