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October 25, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A group of daredevils – reported to number up to 245 people – have leapt simultaneously off a bridge in Brazil, creating an extraordinary video in a bid to set a world record in rope jumping, which differs from bungy jumping in one important aspect.

Photos of the stunt show the participants, each tied to a rope, plummeting from a 30-metre bridge in Hortolândia, a city about 100 kilometres northwest of Sao Paulo.

According to Singapore’s Straits Times, rope jumping differs from bungee jumping because the rope “does not have any bounce”.

The participants certainly seem to bounce in the video, however – they hurtle off the bridge, reach the end of the rope and – twang! – bounce back high into the air. The jumpers look like two giant caterpillars performing acrobatics mid-air.

The complex system of pulleys and bolts involved means that jumps require months of preparation, according to the Huffington Post.

The stunt has brought plenty of publicity to Hortolândia, a city of about 220,000 people little known outside Brazil and located in the Metropolitan Region of Campinas.

Written by Peter Needham

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