(C) ethel smith
A 42-year-old British man has died on the Greek holiday Island of Zakynthos, or as it is often called Zante. At this time of year the tourist season is usually busy in the Greek Islands. The current economic climate though has seen a downturn in tourism in the region.
The man Mr Simkins was enjoying a vacation on Zante with his pregnant girlfriend. He died on Friday following a paragliding accident.
Mr Simkins was "base jumping" at Navagio beach in the north west of Zante. The cliffs are high here and it is a popular tourist destination. Also known as smugglers cove or beach it is a famous Greek Island beach image. A shipwreck lies half buried on the beach. Some claim it is a real wreck whilst many maintain it is simply a tourist ploy.
Mr Simkins hit the rock face and became stuck high above the beach and water. The cliff face is rough and inhospitable.
The dead man's parachute became trapped in the rock face and in spite of rescue efforts he fell to his death.
A Dutch tourist told the BBC that, "We heard a flapping sound and saw what we thought was a guy sky-diving or parachuting."He crashed into the wall - it looked to be about 60m high." "I shouted out to him and he said he thought he had broken his leg. He said he had his mobile phone on him and was going to call his wife."I told him to be careful but he said he was going to hang on tight. Our boat arrived then, so my wife and I had to leave."
Navagio beach has day trippers throughout the holiday season. Visitors to the beach all arrive and leave by boat. There is no other means of transport available. Alternatively visitors go to the observation spot high above the beach and the shipwreck. This where our image was taken. It makes for great photos but is not for those scared of heights.
Mr Simkins was trapped for three hours as rescuers worked to save him.RIP
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