In the coastal haven of Pattaya, Thailand, the exhilarating world of base jumping turned tragic as 33-year-old British adventurer Nathy Odinson met his demise, according to The Mirror.
This heart-wrenching incident unfolded on the rooftop of a 29-floor apartment building in Pattaya, capturing the attention of onlookers and igniting discussions on the risks and regulations surrounding extreme sports.
A Deadly Countdown
Nathy Odinson, hailing from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, embarked on what would be his final base jump. A social media-shared video showcased the daring daredevil atop the towering structure, audaciously counting down, “three, two, one, see ya.” Little did he know that this leap would lead to a deadly tailspin, shattering the thrill-seeking narrative.
As Nathy descended into the night sky, his parachute failed to open as anticipated. The social media footage displayed a chilling scene – the small pilot chute flailing through the air, foreshadowing the impending tragedy.
Security guard Kanet Chansong, aged 33, became an inadvertent witness to the catastrophe. Initially mistaking the sound for a fallen branch, he soon discovered the lifeless body of Nathy Odinson, confirming that the fatal plunge had occurred from the building.
Chansong revealed that Nathy had undertaken similar jumps from the building on multiple occasions, posing a considerable risk to pedestrians below. The security guard lamented, “They were making video content for social media. They had done this before and they knew it was not allowed.”
Response and Investigation
Prompt responses from the local authorities, including police and paramedics, ensued after the incident was reported around 7:30 pm local time. Despite their efforts, Nathy could not be saved, marking a tragic end to his adventurous pursuits.
Police Lieutenant Kamolporn Nadee, Deputy Inspector of Investigations at the Bang Lamung district police station, reported that there were no initial signs of foul play. The focus shifted to the malfunctioning parachute, which failed to center as expected, leaving Nathy in a critical state upon discovery.
Forensic officers have taken charge of investigating the incident further, with a particular emphasis on examining the parachute. The video, recorded by a friend, is being scrutinized as a crucial piece of evidence in understanding the circumstances leading to the tragic outcome.