Tragic base jumper’s fatal mistake: Brother of ‘fun-loving’ British daredevil, 33, reveals tragic error which left ‘no chance’ parachute would open
The brother of a British base jumper has revealed the ‘simple’ mistake he made with his parachute which caused him to plunge to his death 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 on Saturday night before unknowingly jumping to her death.
Now his brother Ed Harrison, 39, said chilling video footage of the daredevil’s final moments showed his mini-pilot chute was caught in his harness, meaning there was ‘no chance’ it would deploy.
Mr. Harrison, of St Neots, said that despite his brother’s significant experience – having undertaken ‘5,000 jumps around the world’ – he made the fatal mistake ‘without realising’ and jumped to his death.
Mr. Paying tribute, Harrison told The Sun that his sibling ‘will be missed by so many… He was loving and joyful and wonderful with children. He was a hero to me three.’
In a final image posted on the tattooed daredevil’s Instagram yesterday, Mr Odinson can be seen facing forward with his arms outstretched behind him as he whips through the air in a green helmet
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
Horrifying footage shows self-confessed ‘adrenaline junkie’ Mr Odinson counting down ‘three, two, one, see you’ before leaping into the night sky.
He is then sent into a terrifying death spiral with the small parachute fluttering through the air.
In a final image posted on the tattooed daredevil’s Instagram yesterday, Mr Odinson can be seen forward with his arms pointed behind him as he whips through the air in a green helmet.
He carries pickups for the daring stunt and skims a dusty floor while hanging from a green parachute.
He captioned the post with a range of hashtags – including ‘extremesports’, ‘adrenaline junkie’, ‘skydiveuk’, ‘chinesetiktok’ and ‘thaiskyadventures’.
The same image, which was also posted on Facebook yesterday, has been flooded with followers sending their tributes – as dozens posted ‘RIP’ at the bottom.
Cornish photographer Jordan Colwill said: ‘Love you forever bro, will miss you so f*****g. Can’t believe it.’
In the shocking video, 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.
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.
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.
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 were then on 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.
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.