35 Indians dive 13,500 feet down the sky in tandem to set world record

Written By Unknown on Senin, 01 September 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: At 55, gem and jewellery businessperson AnjuBansal was the second eldest in the group, but neither her age nor a fresh injury on her leg deterred her from taking the plunge, literally. She was among 35 Indians who took a dive from 13,500 feet, above puffy white clouds at Costa Brava in Spain, as they set a new mark in Guinness World Records in tandem skydiving last week.

At 12.20pm, local time in Spain, on August 25, a judge reported that a new record was set by a team of Indians, all Puneites, in 35 tandem skydiving jumps in one hour; the previous record was of 28 jumps. The youngest diver was 11 years old.

A gritty, enthusiastic bunch of nearly 90 entrepreneurs and their families, led by business coach Manish Gupta, took the initiative to try and beat two records. Gupta sought out Padma Shri Shital Mahajan, founder of Indian Phoenix Skydiving Academy, to help them turn their dream into reality. Inspired by popular film Zindagi na Milegi Dobara, the group wanted to visit the centre at Skydive Empuriabrava in Spain.

For the jump, each diver had a trained member from the Empuriabrava with him/her. "The first minute was a straight free fall. Then the chute opens and the feeling is just amazing," said Bansal. The divers took about two-and-half minutes to reach terra firma again after soaking in Spain's coastal beauty and waving out with tri-coloured wristbands on their hands. The world record apart, several divers were thrilled that they dove out of the same aircraft as their favourite actors had.

The records that Gupta wanted to smash were the one-hour and 10-hour tandem skydiving, but they could succeeded in only the first one. The other, too, was almost done but for poor weather and a delayed start. The Empuriabrava website said 85 jumps later, "they abandoned the second attempt... when it became evident there was insufficient time to achieve the highest number of jumps in 10 hours".

The enthusiasm of the group notwithstanding, families were a worried lot. Bansal's daughter was so scared that she even called up the Spanish centre to prevent her mother's "audacious attempt" with a broken heel. But the mother paid no heed and took the dive all the same. On her return home, a visit to the doctor on Saturday, however, confirmed a fracture.

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