1. Bond Stuntman Fell To His Death

    By @mrpauldunphy on 2003-07-04

    Safety advisor and stuntman on Die Another Day and former Royal Marine Richard Marsh plunged to his death from Snowdon.
    The body of the 33-year-old commercial diver was found by rescuers on February 25, this year on Fantail Gully below Crib y Ddysgl.

    Two days earlier during a mobile telephone conversation with a friend he said he was descending a scree slope but had lost the path in poor visibility. He later called the emergency services and a massive rescue operation was launched.

    A self-employed diver by trade, Mr Marsh also acted as a safety adviser for the film industry and had worked on the hit movie Saving Private Ryan.

    Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team member Charlie Graham told the inquest North Wales Police had contacted them on the Sunday to say Richard Marsh was stuck on an ice ledge.

    “He said he was about 500m from the summit but had slipped down some rocks.”

    Former National Park head warden John Ellis Roberts, who joined in the search, said there was a possibility inexperienced climber Mr Marsh had got lost.

    “There is a strong possibility he did not know where he was at all. It would have been a very confusing place for him unless he had a very detailed knowledge,” he added.

    Recording his verdict of accidental death at an inquest in Caernarfon yesterday, the coroner, Dewi Pritchard Jones, said: “This highlights the risk of mountainous places. There is no such thing as a safe mountain – there is always a risk.”

    As a member of the Bond community, Richard Marsh will be missed, and our condolences go out to his family and friends at this sad and undoubtedly difficult time.