Heartbroken father of Briton, 32, who fell to his death from a 150ft Ferris wheel in Italy says he had ‘everything to live for’ and admits ‘we’ll never know why he did it’
- Miles Kessler, 32, scaled tourist attraction in Rimini in the early hours yesterday
- Area was reportedly ‘packed with people’ including children at time he fell
- Operator stopped wheel moving but man hit it several times as he plummeted
The heartbroken father of a Briton who fell to his death from a 150ft Ferris wheel in Italy says he had ‘everything to live for’ and admits ‘we’ll never know why he did it’.
Miles Kessler, 32, scaled the tourist attraction in the holiday resort of Rimini in the early hours of yesterday morning before stripping naked and jumping to his death.
The area was ‘packed with people’ including children, one shocked witness claimed.
Mr Kessler moved to the country when he was six to be with his Italian mother and was well known in the area for running a ferry service with his brother Joshua.
His father, Michael Kessler, from Huddersfield, told the Sun today: ‘He wasn’t a Brit out drinking and on holiday, he was living and working in Italy.
‘He had everything to live for and why he did it we will never know and we are stuck with that.’
Today his friends paid tribute on his Facebook page, calling him an ‘exquisite, polite and humble boy’.
Miles Kessler (pictured), 32, scaled the tourist attraction in the holiday resort of Rimini in the early hours of yesterday morning
A Brit in his 50s climbed to the top of a 150ft Ferris wheel in Italy before stripping naked and jumping to his death in front of stunned tourists
The unnamed man scaled the tourist attraction in the holiday resort of Rimini in the early hours of yesterday morning
Mr Kessler has been described in Italian media as a martial arts enthusiast who previously helped to operate a ferry in Rimini.
Another friend wrote on the Facebook page, where he was pictured, that he ‘will always remember you smiling and kind’.
A witness told the Sun: ‘It was terrible there were loads of kids still around and they all saw what happened.
‘The police and paramedics were at the scene pretty quick but there was nothing that could be done.’
The operator of the attraction stopped it as he began to climb, but he hit several parts of the wheel as he plummeted to the ground.
It was not clear whether any visitors were actually on the wheel when Mr Kessler started climbing.
Footage from the scene shows the Ferris wheel and a number of police vehicles at its base.
A police spokesperson said: ‘We are investigating the circumstances of how a British man in his 50s was found dead at the foot of the ferris wheel in Rimini.
‘A file is being prepared for the local magistrate but there is no suspicion of anyone else being involved.’
A witness said: ‘It was terrible there were loads of kids still around and they all saw what happened’
Pictured: where the incident happened in the early hours of yesterday morning