Israeli man dies after jumping from France’s Eiffel Tower
A 25-year-old Israeli died after climbing up the exterior of the Eiffel Tower, bypassing barriers and jumping to his death.
Police easily spotted the man at the weekend – initially falsely identified as a British national by French officials, because he spoke in English – climbing along the tower's exterior, and wearing a backpack.
The area was swiftly evacuated, but negotiations failed with a medical expert and an elite brigade of firemen adept at climbing and suicide rescue.
Frédéric Grosjean commanding general for the Paris firemen rescue brigade, the BSSP, said that during 90 minutes, the 25-year-old spoke very little and in broken English, preferring to listen to headphones.
"Then he turned around and jumped. He did a kind of artistic, swallow dive, projecting himself some 3 meters off the tower," said Gen Grosjean.
The Israeli had managed to climb between the 2nd and 3rd levels of the tower (between 410 feet and 1,062 feet), according to police.
On Monday morning another woman in her 30's also attempted to commit suicide by climbing the Eiffel Tower, but was rescued by helicopter, in an unrelated incident.