15 skydivers leap into record books off Shanghai building
A "BASE" jumper dives off the world's third highest building, the Jinmao Tower
, during a parachute jumping session in Shanghai. Fifteen BASE (Buildings, Antennas, Spans & Earth) jumpers from the US, Norway, Mexico, Holland and Sweden took part in the exercise from the 425.5 metre-high Jinmao Tower as China holds its week-long National Day holidays. AFP
SHANGHAI (AFP) - A group of 15 skydivers jumped into the record books Sunday by parachuting off China's tallest building, the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai.
The American, Dutch, Mexican, Norwegian and Swedish skydivers completed the highest ever base jump in China after launching into acrobatics from the tower, which is 425.5 metres (1,404 feet) tall, including an antenna.
On Sunday October 5,2003, the group of 13 men and two women who jumped from a platform 358 metres above ground, did not beat an earlier record set by 59 daredevils from 16 countries who dove from a platform on the 73rd floor of the world's highest building, the 88-storey Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.
Base jumping, or parachuting from buildings, bridges and cliffs, is considered more dangerous than conventional skydiving and is banned in most countries.
At least 76 people have died since 1981, according to an unofficial fatality list.
"It is more dangerous because there are many more factors involved in jumping off a building," Juan Manuel Saavedra Serrano, told AFP before successfully completing his two dives in Shanghai.