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UK Base Jumper Killed In Cliff Horror Plunge
A British base jumper who was left dangling from rocks for three hours after his parachute caught a cliff face fell to his death before he could be rescued.
Jake Simkins, thought to be in his early 40s, was on holiday with his pregnant girlfriend when the accident happened on the Greek island of Zante, also known as Zakynthos.
The parachute got snagged on a cliff above Navagio beach, leaving Mr Simkins hanging from a rock face.
He reportedly called and spoke to his partner on his mobile phone and told her not to worry as emergency services tried to reach him.
Dutch tourist Corne van der Eerden, who witnessed the incident, said: "We heard a flapping sound and saw what we thought was a guy sky-diving or parachuting.
"He crashed into the wall - it looked to be about 60m high."
Mr van der Eerden said the parachute appeared stuck on the rocks.
"I shouted out to him and he said he thought he had broken his leg. He said he had his mobile phone on him and was going to call his wife," he said.
"I told him to be careful but he said he was going to hang on tight. Our boat arrived then, so my wife and I had to leave," he told the BBC.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed the death and said it was assisting Mr Simkins' family.