Leading BASE jumper ‘killed instantly when he hit ground at 120mph’ after leaping from 10,000ft mountain in Switzerland
- Patrick Kerber, 35, named as the BASE jumper who died at the weekend
- A veteran of more than 2,000 jumps, he died instantly when hit the ground
- His body was only found yesterday due to fog impeding the search
One of the world’s leading BASE jumpers has died after he attempted a stunt during foggy conditions in Switzerland at the weekend.
Patrick Kerber, 35, whose stunts include leaping from mountains in the dark while illuminated by flares, died when he crashed at 120mph during a jump from the 10,000ft high Titlus Mountain.
He had apparently jumped in the early afternoon on Sunday, but due to the heavy fog it was not until midday yesterday that his body was found.
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Patrick Kerber (pictured), 35, has been named as the BASE jumper who died in Switzerland at the weekend
Due to heavy fog, rescuers were not able to locate Mr Kerber’s body until yesterday, a day after he crashed
The daredevil was one of the world’s leading BASE jumpers but died attempting a stunt during heavy fog
Medics say Mr Kerber died instantly after hitting the ground at 120mph after jumping from Titlus Mountain, in Engelberg (pictured), Switzerland
Mr Kerber pictured during one of his trademark jumps in the Swiss Alps, while another photographer captures the moment from below
Medics said he was killed instantly after hitting the ground at an approximate speed of 120mph – suffering massive injuries, Luzernerzeitung.ch reported.
This was the same place where he made his famous red-light descent down to the resort town of Engelberg.
He made headlines last year for the astonishing nighttime flight, which was filmed using cameras attached to his wingsuit.
At the time, he said: ‘I wanted to do a wingsuit BASE flight at night during winter for a very long time. But somehow I never really managed to do it.
‘The feeling was very intense and amazing. It is much harder to orientate yourself, as you can’t see as well.
‘It feels much more intense because you fly with more feeling and awareness of your body and movements.’
It is unclear whether Sunday’s attempt to do a BASE jump in the fog was a similar attempt to notch up a world first.
Mr Kerber, 35, found fame for a stunt last year in which he leaped from a mountain illuminated by flares
The night time stunt was captured using a slow shutter speed – revealed his incredible descent to the town of Engelberg below