British skydiver dies in fall from 29-storey tower block in Thailand

Nathy Odinson was attempting to do a base jump from the roof of a building into the street below
Nathy Odinson was attempting a base jump from the roof of a building in Pattaya into the street below - pixel8000

A British skydiver has died after his parachute failed to deploy during a base jump from a tower block in Thailand.

Nathy Odinson, 33, was killed after leaping from a 29-storey apartment block in the resort of Pattaya.

The accident occurred on Saturday evening as Mr Odinson attempted a base jump from the roof of a building into the street below.

His preparations for the leap were being filmed by a friend and showed him in the final seconds as he adjusted his equipment ready for the jump.

However, after counting down and jumping, the chute he was holding failed to deploy properly and he landed in a tree before hitting the ground.

Paramedics who were quickly on the scene pronounced him dead and an investigation into the accident has been launched.

Nathy Odinson
Nathy Odinson's parachute failed to deploy when he jumped off the apartment building's roof - pixel8000

Kanet Chansong, 33, a security guard who was standing close by when the tragedy occurred, said: “I heard the sound of the tree and I thought it was a fallen branch hitting the ground.

“A woman screamed so I walked over and realised it was a person. They were dead. I saw that they had jumped from the building.”

It is believed Mr Odinson was born in Cambridgeshire but had been living in Thailand and working at a skydiving school in Pattaya for some time, helping customers complete tandem jumps.

Friends from the skydiving community and clients of the school took to social media to pay tribute to Mr Odinson.

But Thai police said they would be investigating how he came to conduct the illegal base jump in a busy area of the built-up coastal city.

Nathy Odinson
It is believed Mr Odinson had been working at a skydiving school in Pattaya for sometime - ViralPress

Staff at the Lumpini Ville Naklua tower block said it was not the first time he had leapt from the roof of the building.

A security guard at the property said: “They were making video content for social media. They had done this before and they knew it was not allowed.”

Police Lieutenant Kamolporn Nadee, deputy inspector of investigations at the Bang Lamung district police station, said: “The parachute that the deceased used to jump malfunctioned and was not centred as expected. He was in a terrible state when we arrived.

“The friend who recorded the video of him jumping was questioned and the video was examined as evidence.

“Forensics officers are investigating the case further. They are examining the parachute.”

Police said they had informed the British Embassy in Bangkok, which would be contacting his family in the UK.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who has died in Thailand.”

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