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First picture of British man who fell to his death from a Ferris wheel in Italy

Pictured: British man, 32, who fell to his death from a 150ft Ferris wheel in Italy as friends pay tribute to ‘exquisite, polite and humble’ martial arts enthusiast

  • 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  

Tributes have been paid to a ‘polite and humble’ British man who climbed to the top of a 150ft Ferris wheel in Italy before stripping naked and jumping to his death in front of stunned tourists.

Miles Kessler, 32, scaled the tourist attraction in the holiday resort of Rimini in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The area was ‘packed with people’ including children, one shocked witness claimed.

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

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

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

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'

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

Pictured: where the incident happened in the early hours of yesterday morning

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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