A group of tightrope walkers are facing fines of up to EUR 6,000 for crossing at a height of 9,000 feet on a line strung between two Alpine peaks.
Astonishing pictures of the stunt show one of the four walking along the tightrope on north-eastern Italy’s Dolomites range.
The images show the daredevils in action, reportedly at a height of 2,800 metres (9,200 feet).
Now they now face the massive fines after they were spotted by a Guardia di Finanza (Italian finance police) Alpine Rescue helicopter (SAGF).
They were reportedly spotted in an area between the provinces of Bolzano and Trento called the Vajolet Towers, a hiking spot that is popular with tourists and locals.
The extreme sport they were engaging in is called slacklining, which is when a person walks, runs or balances on a suspended length of flat webbing tensioned between two anchor points.
Italian media said that slacklining is becoming an increasingly widespread activity in the Dolomites, specifically in Trentino and Veneto, despite being illegal.
People engaging in the practice risk fines ranging from EUR 1,032 to EUR 6,197 (GBP 910 to GBP 5,465), according to Italian media.
The Italian authorities have said that they have identified the four people spotted slacklining, saying that they are Czech nationals. They did not release their names.
They were reported to the competent body, which in Italy is the Italian Civil Aviation Authority. It was unclear at the time of writing if they had been fined yet.
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