Daredevil Leaps Off of the EU's Tallest Building, Dodges Cops

And cops would like to speak with Mr. BASE jumper
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 13, 2016 8:55 AM CDT
A Thursday, June 19, 2014 photo from files of the Shard as seen from the river Thames in London. Witnesses say a base jumper has safely parachuted from the European Union’s tallest building, the Shard...   (Lefteris Pitarakis)

(Newser) – Witnesses say a BASE jumper has safely parachuted from the European Union's tallest building, the Shard in London, and evaded police by jumping on the subway. Passers-by captured the stunt on social media Saturday, reports the AP. Video footage and photographs showed the man with green chute deployed floating from the Shard onto a street near the London Bridge station, and landing, as one witness tells the Guardian, "very, very comfortably." "Someone was there and gave him a bit of a hand to pull his chute in," says the witness. "And then some other guy came over and said something to him. I don’t know whether he was saying 'That was amazing, you’re incredible' or 'You’re an absolute idiot, what are you doing?'"

Witnesses say the unidentified man folded his chute, handed it to a woman, and ran into a Tube station minutes before police arrived. "He didn’t look like a daredevil. He looked fairly nondescript, so may be part of the disguise," says the witness. It's the first documented base jump since the 2012 completion of the Shard, a spire-shaped skyscraper that stands 95 stories and 1,016 feet high. Base jumpers did film themselves leaping from the structure when it was still under construction. The finished building has no external rooftop viewing platform. Says a rep for the Shard: "We can confirm that we are investigating an incident involving a member of the public this morning. All parts of the building remain open." (Read more BASE jumping stories.)

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