Man dies after falling from Mission Impossible cliff in Norway

Man dies after falling from Mission Impossible cliff in Norway
  • PublishedJune 9, 2024

The cliff was the site of the final showdown in one of the blockbuster action movies.

A man has died after falling from a 604 metre high cliff in Norway that featured in a Mission Impossible movie.

Preikestolen, known in English as Pulpit Rock, is a cliff in southwestern Norway overlooking the Lysefjord.

It is one of Norway’s most famous mountain hikes, attracting more than 300,000 visitors a year.

Local police have confirmed that a man in his 40s died at the site on Monday.

The man was travelling alone and was found with his phone and ID.

He has not yet been formally identified, but police say they are “reasonably certain” of his identity.

“Police are investigating the case as a fall accident,” said Nina Thommesen, police attorney for the Sør-Vest politidistrikt.

“We have no assumptions that anything criminal has happened.”

Two witnesses have been questioned; one who saw the incident happen said the man slipped and fell.

Preikestolen is considered “the most iconic natural landmark in Norway”, according to the non-profit which manages the site.

It grew in fame when it was featured in the sixth Mission Impossible film, starring Tom Cruise.

It was used for an action sequence — doubling for Kashmir — at the end of 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, where the two central characters fall off the cliff.

For the premiere of the film, 2000 people hiked 4km to the cliff to see it projected by lasers at night.

Cruise praised the premiere, calling it “the most impossible screening” of the film.

Preikestolen is one of Norway’s most famous hiking attractions, along with Trolltunga.

The latter, hugely popular with adventurers, is so named because the horizontal cliff — 1,100 metres above sea level — resembles a Trolls tongue.

In what was believed to have been the first recorded death from a fall at the site, a 24-year-old Australian woman fell to her death off Trolltunga in September 2015.

SOURCE: 7NEWS

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