10 Jul 2012

NZ base jumper dies in Switzerland

6:04 am on 10 July 2012

A New Zealand man has died while base jumping in Switzerland.

Alan McCandlish, 31, was taking part in the extreme sport - jumping from a cliff or building with a parachute - on Saturday morning (local time) with friends when the accident happened.

Police in Berne say he got too close to a cliff and fell.

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it is offering assistance to Mr Candlish's family.