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Greece cliff death man was London Underground worker

A man who died in a parachuting accident in Greece was a technical officer at London Underground (LU), it has been confirmed.

Jake Simkins, 42, died, when he fell from a cliff after his parachute became snagged while base jumping.

He died on Friday on Zante where he was on holiday with his seven-months pregnant girlfriend.

Mr Simkins had worked with LU for 10 years looking after tracks and signals on the network.

His parachute got caught as he base jumped off the cliff at Navagio beach in the north-west of Zante.

He was stuck for three hours as emergency services tried to rescue him but they could not reach him before he fell.

Dutch tourist Corne van der Eerden, who saw Mr Simkins crash into the cliff, told the BBC that Mr Simkins told him he might have broken his leg and was going to call his wife from his mobile phone.

Bob Doyle, head of track and signals for LU, said: "Jake was a very promising up-and-coming technical officer who was set for a great future with London Underground.

"His death is a tragic loss which will deeply affect his colleagues and our thoughts are with his loved ones."

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