A video of the last few moments of British stuntman Mark Sutton’s life have been handed over to the police for investigations.
Sutton, who took part in the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony by parachuting from a helicopter above the stadium as James Bond, died on 14th August 2013 in a wingsuit flying accident in Switzerland. He had been travelling at around 125mph when he hit a ridge. He wore three cameras to film what was meant to be a one-minute “warm-up” in an event for a sports channel. He gave a thumbs-up before he took the leap, unfortunately, to his death.
The video below is from the first episode of Epic TV’s show. It shows the jump and fellow stuntmen in the show talking about the incident and the late dare devil.
Wingsuit flying demands great technical skill and reactions, but Sutton was among the best and no one could believe his tragic end.
Panu Lehti, Head of EpicTV, said, “When Mark died we were devastated and planned to shelve the whole project. But when the other pilots showed us that the best way to remember Mark was to think about what he would have wanted, we decided to go ahead with the series.
“We knew it would be difficult for his family so before publishing this episode we showed it to his brother Steve. It feels good to know we have the family behind us. HeliBASE 74 is dedicated to the memory of Mark Sutton and to the strength of his family and friends as well."
Tragedy struck on the first day of the event. It was Mark’s first jump. He was partnered in the helicopter with another British wingsuiter, Tony Uragallo.
“Mark suggested I follow him and I thought ‘that’s great’, because he’s a much better base jumper than me.”
“He’s right there, looking at me, looking at the spot. He’s telling the pilot ‘right, left, bit more, bit more,” he remembers.
In the video, Mark is seen gesturing to the pilot to veer right then puts his right thumb up and climbs out of the helicopter followed by Tony.