Monday 21 April 2014

Adventurer dies in Swiss Alps fall

Leonard Doughton

AN Irish adventurer who died while climbing in the Swiss Alps over the weekend was planning to come home and live a simple life with his partner.

Leonard Doughton (32) was killed when he lost his footing on a narrow path and fell 650ft while climbing the Wetterhorn Mountain, near the village of Grindelwald, on Saturday.

The experienced climbing and fitness enthusiast had celebrated his birthday less than two weeks before the tragic accident.

Mr Doughton grew up at the Murrough in Wicklow town, but had been a resident of Bern in Switzerland with his girlfriend Gracie Whalley for the past six years.

He was at 10,800ft when a rescue helicopter lifted him from the ravine -- but he had already died.

Mr Doughton, an airplane technician, was interested in a wide range of activities including sailing, diving, climbing, running and biking.

His mother Elizabeth, who lives in Aughrim, Co Wicklow, has flown to Switzerland to arrange for her son's repatriation.

Meanwhile, an Irish tourist survived falling 60ft from a Spanish cliff and was rescued after phoning a friend back home for help. Mark Somers (39) was knocked unconscious and broke his right ankle when he plunged from the top of the cliff on the holiday island of Ibiza on Saturday night.

Irish Independent

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