Darwinism at work

The Telegraph

A British base-jumper has fallen to his death after phoning his missus:

A British holidaymaker who ended up dangling from a rock face after a parachuting accident phoned his girlfriend and told her not to worry before falling 180ft to his death.

Jake Simkins, 41, spoke to his partner, who is seven months pregnant, and sent her text messages as he spent three hours suspended from the cliff on the Greek island of Zante on Friday.

He told her to stay calm and even joked that she should go sunbathing before the rocks gave way and he plunged to the beach below.

Base jumping, an acronym for buildings, antennae, spans (bridges) and earth (cliffs), the four types of fixed object from which participants parachute, is one of the most dangerous sports in the world, claiming more than 170 lives in the past 30 years. According to one survey, one in every 20 base jumpers dies practising the sport.


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  • SHG

    Doesn’t count. He had already passed on his genes before death.

  • johnopkb

    Smashing news, what?

  • Magoo.

    Base jumping when his partner is 7 months pregnant – what a cock.