Horror as British base jumper, 33, plunges to his death from tower block in Thailand after his parachute fails to open
A British base jumper has died after his parachute failed to open when he plunged to the ground from a tower block in Thailand.
Nathy Odinson, 33, from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, illegally climbed to the top of the 29th floor of an apartment building in the seaside resort of Pattaya before falling to her death on Saturday night.
Horrific footage shows the tattooed daredevil counting down ‘three, two, one, see you’ before leaping into the night sky – only to go into a deadly tailspin with the tiny parachute swinging through the air.
Mr Odinson can then be heard landing in a tree before hitting the ground with a sickening thud. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Tourist police in Pattaya were alerted to the accident at 7.30pm and rushed to the apartment building in Tambon Na Klua in Bang Lamung district of Chonburi province and found Odinson’s body on the ground.
Nathy Odinson, 33, from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, climbed to the 29th floor of a block of flats in the seaside resort of Pattaya before falling to her death on Saturday night (Pictured: moments before her death)
Horrifying footage shows the tattooed daredevil counting down ‘three, two, one, see you’ before leaping into the night sky
Horrifying images show the brutal aftermath of the fall
Tourist police in Pattaya were alerted to the accident at 7.30pm and rushed to the apartment building to find Odinson’s body on the ground
A round blue parachute was found on his body and was not fully deployed.
Traumatized security guard Kanet Chansong (33) 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 realized it was a person. They were dead. I saw them jump out of the building.’
In the video, Mr Odinson asks the person filming him from the other side of a security wall if his helmet camera has the red light flashing to indicate it is recording. Realizing it wasn’t recording, Nathy took off his helmet and pressed the button before briefly checking his parachute.
His friend, a Thai local, exclaims ‘oh f***’ when he hears Mr Odinson hit the ground. The emergency services were called soon after.
Staff at the Lumpini Ville Naklua apartment checked CCTV and saw that Mr. Odinson and a friend parked outside and then waited for a time when it was quiet before sneaking into the building.
They then illegally entered the roof of the building, with Mr Odison climbing over a small concrete wall on the roof of the building to reach the edge.
The security guard said he had jumped from the building several times before, posing a risk to pedestrians walking below.
Mr Odinson was a regular daredevil, performing skydives and base jumps around the world
The security guard said he had jumped from the building several times before, posing a risk to pedestrians walking below
The police notified the British Embassy in Bangkok, which Mr. Contact Odinson’s relatives in the UK.
He added: ‘They made video content for social media. They’ve done it before and they knew it wasn’t allowed.’
The police and paramedics arrived at the scene shortly after 19:30 local time. However, Mr Odinson could not be saved.
Police Lieutenant Kamolporn Nadee, deputy inspector of investigations at Bang Lamung District Police Station, said there were no initial signs that Mr Odinson had been attacked.
The policeman said: ‘The parachute with which the deceased jumped malfunctioned and was not centered as expected. He was in a terrible state when we arrived.
‘The friend who recorded the video of him jumping was interviewed and the video examined as evidence.
‘Forensic officers are investigating the matter further. They are examining the parachute.’
Mr Odinson was a regular daredevil, performing skydives and base jumps around the world. He ran an ‘aerial photography’ company and took clients on private skydives.
The police have the British Embassy in Bangkok, which Mr. Odinson’s relatives in the United Kingdom contacted, notified.