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'Wild sports junkie' goes missing

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'Wild sports junkie' goes missing

'Wild sports junkie' goes missing in the Swiss Alps while trying out extreme 'speed flying'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2204589/Wild-sports-junkie-goes-missing-Swiss-trying-extreme-speed-flying.html#ixzz26kl8o9rS

Daniel Hunt, 33, from Shepherd's Bush in west London, disappeared on Saturday

Daniel Hunt, 33, from Shepherd's Bush in west London, disappeared on Saturday

A 'wild sports junkie' has gone missing in the Swiss Alps while 'speed flying'.

Daniel Hunt, 33, from Shepherd's Bush in west London, disappeared on Saturday while attempting to speed fly down the Lauterbrunnen mountain in the Swiss Alps.

Speed flying combines skiing with paragliding, using a fabric wing to get down a steep mountain slope at speeds of up to 75mph.

When Mr Hunt, who owns The Natural Food Store in Turnham Green, west London, failed to arrive at the agreed landing site at just after 10am rescue teams were alerted.

The daredevil who takes part in a range of extreme sports including slacklining - walking across chasms on a high wire - has completed a number of speed flights before but on this occasion while his friends landed safety, he vanished.

Friends have launched an appeal for funds to pay for an ongoing search and rescue operation after his insurance company said they would not pay out any more.

So far just over £3,000 has been donated and Kara De Los Reyes, who heads up the search team in the UK, said the support had been absolutely amazing. She added: 'We've had a really good response from a lot of people.
 
It is feared Mr Hunt could have fallen into a crevice or glacier in the Lauterbrunnen mountain area - a favourite of speed flyers - requiring helicopters and dog teams in the hunt.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2204589/Wild-sports-junkie-goes-...


Miss De Los Reyes said she first heard Mr Hunt had gone missing on Sunday morning when her boyfriend phoned to say he had not arrived at the landing point.

She added: 'He rang me up about 9am and told me that after their flight, Dan didn't land behind him.

'They took off one by one and in speed flying you can see the person behind. Tim searched the landing and take off area and there was no sign of him.'

Mr Hunt's friends have set up a Facebook and Twitter account to appeal for funds to help the search.

According to the Evening Standard one of his best friends, Pedro Pimentel, 33, who has taken part in extreme sports with Mr Hunt, said: 'It's quite surprising that he has gone missing, he is experienced, I think he could still be alive.'
 
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kitesurfa

Also interested to find out exactly what happened - not yet seen anything posted on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Find-Dan-Hunt

I Have updated the main Find Dan Page http://www.speed-flying.com/find-dan-hunt with a copy of the Official Press Release I received from Lisa & Kara

 

jcsoulflyer
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Is there any information yet as to what happened while Dan was flying the line that caused him to end up in the gorge?

Jess

kitesurfa

Dan Found Alive....

 

Full update to follow....

kitesurfa

Posted on Paragliding forum - Re: Missing pilot Dan Hunt

 

If you are in the Lauterbrunnen area and can/would like to help in the search please read http://paraglidingforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=50821 which includes S&R leader Tim Goods contact details.