Brazilian thrill-seekers rope jump from bridge for world record

REUTERS
October 23, 2017

A group of 245 thrill-seekers tied to ropes jumped from a 30-metre tall bridge in a world-record attempt for 'rope jumping'. The death-defying event took place on Sunday in Hortolandia, located...

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A group of 245 thrill-seekers tied to ropes jumped from a 30-metre (98-foot) tall bridge in a world-record attempt for "rope jumping". The death-defying event took place on Sunday in Hortolandia, located about one hour from Sao Paulo.

In dramatic footage, the participants are seen leaping from the bridge, each wearing white helmets, while tied together with a rope. The jumpers fell almost simultaneously and swung back and forth until coming to standstill before with some descending to the water below and other climbing up to the bridge.

Stunt organizer, Alan Fereira, said a total of 400 people were involved in the project. Fereira examined the ropes before the jump, as the feat required the assembly of complicated harnesses and bolts used for professional mountaineering.

According to organisers, a total of 20 kilometres (12 miles) of rope were used plus 1,000 harnesses. Guinness World Records have not yet issued an official statement confirming the Brazilian record attempt but it surpassed another Brazilian attempt with 149 participants in April, 2016. A previous unofficial record was set in Tver, Russia, in July 2012.



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