Accident in the mountains - level 3

Accident in the mountains - level 3

20-08-2013 06:00

A British stuntman who parachuted into the Olympic Stadium dressed as James Bond during the London 2012 opening ceremony has been killed in an accident.

Mark Sutton was taking part in a wing-diving event in the Swiss Alps when he crashed into a mountain ridge and died on impact.

It's thought he was travelling around 200 kilometres an hour after jumping with a friend from a helicopter. The 42 year-old daredevil had been invited to take part in the event with 19 other wing-suit pilots, which involved being filmed jumping from helicopters. The cause of the accident is not yet clear, but police say Mark is the first wing-suit pilot to die during a jump in the Valais region.

The mastermind of last year's Olympics opening ceremony Danny Boyle has paid tribute to Mark saying he was a gentle and thoughtful man, adding there was none finer and braver than him.

Difficult words: stuntman (man whose job is to do dangerous things), ridge (long top of mountains), impact (moment of a hit), daredevil (person who likes doing dangerous things), mastermind (person who plans something complicated), pay tribute (show respect).

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