Speed Flyer Dan Hunt Has Been Found
UPDATE: September 20, 2012
Nabik Daniel Hunt, known as ‘Nabik’ or ‘Dan’ by close friends and family, was speed flying in Switzerland with two friends on Saturday, September 15, 2012. After a successful launch from the Jungfraujoch at a height of 11,333 feet, he did not land back in Lauterbrunnen Valley as planned. Search and Rescue efforts began as soon as his companions realized that he was not behind them.
Facebook Fans Funded the Search
Since Saturday afternoon, Nabik’s companions helped the Swiss Search and Rescue and military to find their missing friend. When it was made apparent that Dan Hunt’s insurance was exhausted to cover the cost of the helicopter, an appeal was launched via Facebook for donations towards the rescue operations. The response has blown everyone away. Many many thanks to all who supported this effort.
Details on the Search for Dan Hunt
Tim Good, who was flying with Dan, constantly updated his family and friends with the progress of the search, and has been looking for Dan continuously since his disappearance on Saturday. The efforts to-date included mountaineers scaling the glacier, paragliders searching over the forested area, search dogs, more people on foot, and speed-flyers that re-flew the line to see where Dan might have gone down.
The operations today were focused mainly on a concentrated area of the Gorge. At approximately 12:20 GMT (London) on September 20, 2011, news was received Nabik (Dan) was found alive and well - sitting in a cave, at the bottom of the gorge 40 feet wide and 150 feet deep.
The rescuers, friends of Nabik, and four German Mountain Infrantry Officers, lowered themselves down into the gorge and secured him in a harness, pulling him to safety. Shortly after, a rescue helicopter then arrived to pick him up. He was taken to hospital to be assessed for injuries.
Dan Hunt is Grateful and in Good Spirits
“He is in good spirits and is overwhelmingly fine”, said Nadeem Al-Khafaji, a close friend of Dan’s and one of the rescuers.
Nabik spoke to friends and family back in the UK. “I am so grateful, touched, and humbled by all the help... thank you from the bottom of my heart”. Mr. and Mrs. Hunt are overwhelmed with the support from friends, family and from the wider speed-flying community. They are so grateful to everyone who donated their time, money and energy to help find Nabik.
The search & rescue team and Nabik are thrilled with the outcome of the efforts and support shown by everyone, but are emotionally and physically exhausted. In the UK, Kara de los Reyes and Lisa Carnie have been coordinating fundraising and volunteers to help with the search. Kara said “without social media, we would not have had access to the vast resources we needed to find him.”
Lisa Carnie - 07809446957
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Read more about this story on the BBC.com
UPDATE: September 18, 2012
The Search for Dan Hunt Continues
The alarm was raised immediately but a search of the area has so far failed to find him. A fundraising campaign has been set up to help pay for more helicopter air time.
The Jungfraujoch is a col between the Mönch and the Jungfrau in the Bernese Alps. It is 3,471m hight and is close to the mountain railway station the Jungfraubahn, the highest rail station in Europe. The area accommodates all sorts of air sports – from hang gliding to wingsuiting.
As the search entered its fourth day on Tuesday Kara De-los-Reyes, a friend in London who is helping to coordinate the rescue, said everyone was still focused on finding Dan.
“The team in Switzerland has searched the top of the mountain very thoroughly,” she said. “Now the focus is on forested parts of the gorge lower down the mountain.”
Top of the run
The middle part
The final part of the flight, over the gorge. Landing was planned to be in the valley, on the right
A map of the area. The red line is the planned flight path, the yellow line is the search are
Before launching the three pilots had discussed the route and agreed to land in the valley on the right side, avoiding a Base jumping competition on the left side of the valley.
Dan was carrying a mobile phone and it was switched on, Kara said. However, an attempt at locating him through triangulation on Saturday night failed. He was not carrying a Spot or other tracking device.
The Swiss authorities had been “amazing” Kara said. However, after two free search and rescue flights the search and rescue helicopter must be paid for, she said. Although insured, Dan’s insurers have refused to fund more of the search, hence the appeal for funds through Facebook and Paypal.
UPDATE: September 16, 2012
A Speed Flyer is Missing in Swiss Mountain
Dan was speedflying in Switzerland with two friends on Saturday 15th
September. After a successful launch from the Jungfraujoch at a height of
11,333 feet, he did not land back in Lauterbrunnen Valley as planned. Search and
Rescue efforts throughout the night have not been successful, and to continue
searching for him we need your help to raise funds.
Dan's insurance is now exhausted, and his family have already covered the second deployment, but are struggling. We need at least £6,000 to launch another helicopter search.
It has been over 26 hours since Dan was last seen. We are still hopeful that
he is safe but stranded in a remote part of the glacial valley awaiting