Ex-choirboy dies in Swiss mountains

PUBLISHED: 18:06 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 14:35 14 July 2010

A former Wymondham choirboy, who made his first parachute jump from Old Buckenham airfield has died while competing in an extreme sport activity in Switzerland.

A former Wymondham choirboy, who made his first parachute jump from Old Buckenham airfield has died while competing in an extreme sport activity in Switzerland.

Base jumper Angus Hutchison-Brown suffered multiple injuries after he jumped from a mountain and delayed deploying his parachute to avoid power lines.

Mr Hutchison-Brown, a 29-year-old computer consultant had made more than 1,000 skydives and 500-plus Base jumps from mountains and man-made structures in the pursuit of the ultimate adrenaline rush.

He was one of a party of five extreme sport enthusiasts making an early morning Base jump at Meiringen in Switzerland on May 25.

After delaying his cute to miss the power lines, he did not have enough height to slow his descent to a safe landing speed, said a spokesman for the family.

Other jumpers and Swiss emergency services were unable to save him. An inquest opened and adjourned by Norwich coroner William Armstrong confirmed he died from multiple injuries.

Just eleven days earlier he and two friends had become the first Base jumpers to conquer the 450-foot Old Man of Hoy in the Orkneys - spending seven gruelling hours climbing to the top, all to experience the adrenaline rush of a 10-second flight back to the rocks below.

Born and brought up in Norwich, Angus attended Colman First, Avenue Middle and Hewett schools. He gained four A levels - becoming a Norfolk Scholar for his results - and went on to gain a 2:1 degree in computer science at Nottingham University.

In his younger days, Angus was a chorister with the Wymondham Choir. He performed in a number of the nation's top cathedrals - and on Songs of Praise.

On leaving university he took up a post with an IT consultancy company. His love affair with parachutes began when his family bought him an 18th birthday present of a tandem skydive at Old Buckenham, which kick started a hobby that took him to the USA, Norway, Italy, Spain, France and Switzerland.

His mother Kate Gosden, who lives at Bodham in north Norfolk, has paid tribute to the son who “lived life to the full.”

She said Angus was always very methodical in his preparations and took extreme care - often phoning to say he had called off a jump, and was facing a long climb back down a mountain.

“He would call and share his excitement with us - and later show us films he had recorded on his helmet camera. But at the same time he was very modest about his achievements. Underneath it all he was a very private and quiet person.”

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