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Anti-Poaching Dogs Parachute Into Action

Skydiving DogsThe poaching of the likes of rhino and elephant tusks in South Africa is a significant problem so we are sure you will agree that anything that can be done to catch those involved has got to be welcomed. You may be interested to read that specially trained dogs are being parachuted into the wilderness to help find and capture poachers.

The sooner that the authorities can be in the close vicinity of where the poachers are carrying out their illegal work the better to give them the best chance of arresting the perpetrator(s). So, over in certain parts of South Africa, a trainer and his or her dog can be quickly tandem skydived from several thousand feet or abseil from a helicopter into the remote bush to hopefully sniff out poachers. Obviously, speed of response gives the authorities a greater chance of making an arrest.

The dogs, including German Shepherds, are highly trained and skilled in identifying the tracks of poachers and then following them no doubt over long distances when required. The dogs are capable of wrestling a poacher to the ground so that the person involved can be apprehended by a member of the special unit that is called the Paramount Group Anti-Poaching and K9 Academy. Obviously, certain members of the unit are armed as these poachers will do everything that they can to get hold of ivory that is highly valued in certain parts of the world at the expense of killing wildlife.Skydiving Dogs

Let us hope that as many poachers as possible can be caught so that wildlife such as rhinos and elephants can enjoy their lives in the South African bush without being in danger of being killed for their ivory.

If you participate in the likes of skydiving or parachuting then you may be interested to read that here at AIB Insurance we can arrange insurance associated with many types of airsports so why not give us a call on 02380 268 351 and speak with a knowledgeable, friendly member of our team.

100-Year Old Grandmother Skydives

grandma-skydiveSome people believe that you are never too old to try most things in life but would you consider skydiving from several thousand feet at 100 years of age? Let’s be honest, there are possibly very few people of that age who would even consider getting in a plane never mind jumping out of one!

Well, that is exactly what an elderly lady decided to do in South Australia a few days ago. Another lovely thing about this story is that she made the sky dive for a very good cause.

Irene O’Shea was born in May 1916 so she has only very recently reached the milestone of being 100 years of age. As part of celebrating living to such an age she decided to take to the air and go tandem skydiving and raise some money for a worthwhile charity at the same time.

Unfortunately, back in 2008, her daughter Shelagh passed away having got Motor Neurone disease so her mother felt that that would be a worthy charity to benefit from any money she raised as a result of skydiving.

Anyway, Irene took to the air and was flown to a height of 12,000 feet before jumping from the plane attached to another skydiver. It would appear from the photographs that were taken of Skydiving Grandmaher safe descent to the ground that she thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Apparently, she is not averse to adventure activities as she has also been up in a glider in the past and has enjoyed many a trip abroad travelling by herself.

This lady, who is presumably not frightened of heights, has 5 grandchildren as well as 11 great-grandchildren all of whom must have been extremely proud of her. She is also to be congratulated because, in completing this skydive, she has become the oldest person in South Australia to do so.

We wonder what she will do for her next adrenalin rush?

Congratulations and very well done to Irene O’Shea from all the staff here at AIB Insurance.

Tandem Skydive Guinness World Record Attempt Planned

Tandem SkydiveA 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.

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