Those of you that participate in parachuting or skydiving will no doubt be aware that there are a number of experienced parachutists that also enjoy the thrill of BASE jumping from a fixed structure. Needless to say, this later form of decent is even more dangerous than parachuting from a fixed wing aircraft with one reason being that the height of the drop is frequently considerably less than from many thousands of feet from an aircraft.
The fixed structures that people drop from are building, antenna, span and earth – hence the term “BASE”.
Well, you may be interested to read that it is believed a man has recently BASE jumped from the highest building not only in the UK but also in the European Union. The building in question is called The Shard. It is located close to London Bridge. It is 87 storeys tall reaching a height of almost 310 metres. There are spectacular views from the glass-covered building that also incorporates various offices, a hotel and a number of restaurants.
Apparently, the BASE jumper is believed to have parachuted down shortly after 10 am on Saturday 12th March landing in a street close by. The individual in question who is thought to have landed safely did not hang around and made a quick exit with the parachute. The police have not been able to find out who made the jump.
There are very few places that you can legally BASE jump with The Shard no doubt not being one of them! One of the locations where you can legally carry out this activity is from the Perrine Bridge that is situated in Twin Falls, Idaho in the USA. It is almost 500 feet in height above the Snake River. In fact, a Guinness World record is held by someone who carried out 201 BASE jumps in a period of 21 hours back in 2006.
A number of our clients are keen skydivers enjoying their sport in various locations not only in the UK but overseas as well. Some skydivers take part in competitions, others take to the skies purely for recreational purposes and there are those that may only go skydiving on the one occasion having received a gift of a skydiving experience for their birthday or Christmas.
However, there are also those that take part in skydiving for the benefit of one or more charities. Well, if you are interested in going skydiving for a charity but would also like to take part in an attempt to break a skydiving world record then you may wish to read on.
That is because a company by the name of Skydive Buzz Ltd is organizing an attempt to set a world skydiving tandem record that has never been attempted before. The occasion, weather permitting, is to take place on the 20th June 2016 at Dunkeswell Airfield, Nr Honiton in Devon.
It is hoped that a Guinness World Record can be achieved for the most tandem skydives from a height of 15,000 feet above sea level within a period of 24 hours. At the same time, those skydivers taking part will be able to raise money for their chosen charity from a vast selection of worthy causes available. It is hoped that in excess of £70,000 can be raised for the charities.
Skydive Buzz Ltd is looking for 333 skydivers to take part. Jumps can only take place during daylight but those participating will hopefully enjoy freefalling for a minute during the 15,000 foot descent. The company uses three Beech 99 aircraft to take the skydivers up in.
If you are interested in taking part, you can find out more information including the cost by visiting Skydive Buzz Ltd’s website www.skydiveukltd.com. We wish all those taking part in the world record attempt every success and a safe landing.
Anyone that is involved in skydiving knows that there is a risk when you jump from a plane and head for the ground – hopefully safely attached to a parachute that has opened when intended. However, very occasionally things don’t quite go according to plan and mishaps occur.
Well, that is exactly what happened to a 72-year-old grandmother but fortunately for her and her instructor all ended well with both landing safely on the ground. Polly Chester achieved a lifetime ambition of enjoying a skydiving experience in Plant City in Florida, USA travelling a considerable distance from her home to make the skydive last month.
Having stepped from the plane safely attached to the skydiving instructor, the parachute opened and they were both descending to earth nicely when all of a sudden here false teeth came out of her smiling mouth and hit the skydiving instructor on the forehead. She realized that her teeth had disappeared when closing her mouth.
Fortunately, the instructor was not knocked unconscious and both him and Polly were able to safely complete the skydiving experience. However, it has turned out to be a very expensive experience because in addition to the cost of doing the skydiving she has also had to pay for a new plate that has ended up with her having to find an additional $975. Should Polly ever go skydiving again perhaps she will leave her dentures in her locker!
Whilst writing, we have also heard of another interesting escapade involving a skydiver. Fernando Gava recently went up in a plane in Lima in Peru and stepped out of it at 10,000 feet only to get one leg of his trousers caught in the exit step. He then spent the next 30 minutes hanging from the plane upside down. He needed to use a knife to cut off the offending trouser leg and then skydived to make a safe landing with merely a cut hand for his troubles.
Here at AIB Insurance, we will continue to keep you informed of any interesting news articles. We can also help you arrange suitable insurance cover for your skydiving.
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