Norway: basejumper survives fall from cliff after high bar snaps - video
A Norwegian basejumper has a lucky escape after the high bar he launched off snapped, sending him over the edge of a 1,200m cliff. Surgeon Richard Henriksen had meant to somersault off the high bar, but the apparatus broke and he was sent hurtling off the edge of the mountain. Fortunately he avoided hitting the rock face and was able to open his parachute (via guardian.co.uk)
An unidentified former student arrives at the Sint Lambertus school. A bus carrying Belgian tourists crashed into the wall of a tunnel in Sierre in the Valais region of Switzerland, killing 28 people, 22 of them children, police said on Wednesday. The bus was transporting 52 people, mostly school children from Heverlee and Lommel in Flanders. (via Reuters.com)
German Victim of the Media: Rare Bunny With No Ears Crushed by Cameraman
The future had looked so bright for tiny Til, a baby rabbit born without ears three weeks ago in a small zoo in Limbach-Oberfrohna in Saxony, eastern Germany. Earless rabbits are very rare, and that factor combined with his cuteness would surely have made him a media celebrity, especially in Germany, which has a history of worshipping furry baby animals.
But then fate struck. Til was meant to be presented to the press at a news conference on Thursday and the zoo had invited a TV camera team to film him lolloping about happily ahead of the big day. Here is what happened next in the words of Uwe Dempewolf, the director of the zoo, who was still shaken when SPIEGEL ONLINE telephoned him on Wednesday afternoon.
"We are all shocked. During the filming, the cameraman took a step back and trod on the bunny," Dempewolf said. "He was immediately dead, he didn’t suffer. It was a direct hit. No one could have foreseen this. Everyone here is upset. The cameraman was distraught." (via SPIEGEL ONLINE)
Belgium mourns children who died in Swiss Alps coach crash – video
Family members of the crash victims and the Belgian prime minister, Elio Di Rupo, arrive in the town of Sion, near the crash site in the Swiss Alps, while mourners in Belgium lay flowers outside a school attended by many of the children, and the country’s archbishop says mass to mourners in the town of Leuven. Twenty-eight Dutch and Belgian citizens, including 22 children, died in the accident on Tuesday. (via The Guardian)
Swiss coach crash kills dozens, most of them schoolchildren
Two small Belgian towns are in deep trauma after a devastating bus crash in the Swiss Alps left at least 22 schoolchildren dead.
A further six people died in the crash, on Tuesday night in a tunnel in the south-western canton of Valais, or Wallis. The classes of 11- and 12-year-olds were returning from a school skiing trip to the small Flemish towns of Heverlee and Lommel, east of Brussels.
Distraught parents gathered at the Saint Lambert school in Heverlee anxiously awaiting news of who had died and who had survived the crash, which is believed to be the worst road accident in Switzerland’s history.
The bus was said to have been driving at high speed through the tunnel when it veered into the concrete tunnel wall. No other vehicles were believed to have been involved.
"A very sad day for all of Belgium. Words are not enough for this terrible accident," said the prime minister, Elio Di Rupo, before flying to the scene of the tragedy. Two military aircraft were made available to ferry parents of the victims to Switzerland.
Didier Reynders, the foreign minister, said the bus was alone in the tunnel at the time of the crash. “We have no indication of what caused the crash.”
There were 52 people on board the bus, overwhelmingly schoolchildren. Of the 28 who were killed, 22 were pupils. The other six dead included the two bus drivers. The remaining 24 were all injured, some very seriously. Many of them were taken by helicopter to Swiss hospitals. While most of the children were from two Flemish schools, there were also seven Dutch children on the bus.
The crash took place as the children were returning from a skiing trip in Val D’Anniviers. (via The Guardian)