A group of 245 thrillseekers tied to ropes jumped off a 98-foot tall bridge hoping to establish a world record on Sunday. Photos of the death-defying event show 245 participants each tied to a rope and wearing a helmet as they take the plunge from the bridge in Hortolandia, about 68 miles northwest of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The jumpers fell almost simultaneously and swung back and forth until coming to standstill before with some descending to the water below and others climbing up to the bridge. The practice, called rope jumping, consists of jumping from impressive heights while tied to a nylon rope.
It differs from bungee jumping because the rope doesn’t have any bounce. Instead of bouncing back, rope jumping adepts slow down at the end of their fall and end up dangling at the end of the rope. One jump can require months of preparation due to the complicated system of pulleys and bolts involved. Stunt organizer, Alan Fereira, said a total of 400 people were involved in this year’s 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 12 miles (20 kilometres) of rope were used plus 1,000 harnesses.
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