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First picture of British man killed BASE jumping in Switzerland as family pay heartbreaking tribute to 'inspirational' dad; Mark Hart, 38, was killed while attempting the extreme sport in the Swiss Alps last Wednesday afternoon.

Byline: Abigail O'Leary

A British man killed BASE jumping in Switzerland has been pictured for the first time as his family paid heartbreaking tribute to the 'inspirational dad'.

Mark Hart, 38, was killed while attempting the extreme sport in the Swiss Alps last Wednesday afternoon.

In tribute to the dad-of-two, from Sheffield, step-sister Gillian Goodyear wrote: "This is one of the hardest things I've ever had to write on here, sadly my step-brother Mark Hart passed away yesterday in a tragic accident in Switzerland.

"He died doing what he loved but left behind his family that he loved more.

"We are setting up a GoFundMe account to help pay for the expenses to bring him home and to support Anna and the twins to get through this difficult time, we will all be so grateful for any donation how ever small.

"Life is too short, it wasn't your time yet. Rest in peace."

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His mum Margaret Hart also shared a touching poem in tribute to her son, reading: "One day we will meet again, but only when the time is right, when your step out of the darkness, I will be standing in the light."

A GoFundMe page set up to bring Mark home for a funeral has raised [pounds sterling]16,249 in around 24 hours.

It reads: "Mark passed away in a freak accident whilst in Switzerland with his friends leaving behind both of his 2 year old daughters and his fiancee Anna.

"He died doing the sport he loved the most but this time whilst base jumping from a hill in Geneva, it took a tragic turn for the worst although details of how or why it happened have yet to be confirmed.

"Unfortunately, he wasn't covered for the way he died meaning it's going to cost thousands to bring him back home.

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"Money is never a issue when it comes to family, especially when it's something as urgent as this but we are desperate to bring him home and for him to be at peace properly so any help at all, whether it's a pound or a penny, will go such a long way and we will all be well and truly grateful for it.

"Not only will this money go towards getting him home but will also go towards supporting Anna and his children whilst they go through the worst of heart breaks."

Mark was BASE jumping, often called wingsuiting, with two other people when he died in Lauterbrunnen.

The area is popular with wingsuiters because of the rock faces and mountain peaks.

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Mark had reportedly jumped from La Mousse peak shortly after 12.15pm.

A public prosecutor said: "Soon after his departure, he found himself, for some reason still undetermined, in difficulty and fell to the ground."

The jumps in the Lauterbrunnen Valley are rated on a difficulty scale. The blue rating is intermediate, red is advanced and black is expert.

La Mousse is rated overall as red. The exit point, or first six seconds, is also rated as red and the landing is considered blue.


Credit: Go Fund Me

Mark Hart was father of two two-year-old girls

Credit: Go Fund Me

Mark died while jumping with two others in the Alps

Credit: Facebook

Mark Hart had a passion for adrenaline sports

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The man jumped shortly after 12.15pm from La Mousse in Lauterbrunnen
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Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 29, 2018
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