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Giant leap off Burj Khalifa in Dubai: French daredevils break Base jump world record

Two daredevils have broken a Guinness World Record for the highest base jump after leaping off the world’s tallest building.

Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen, from France, plunged from a platform made especially for this jump at the top of the 828-metre Burj Khalifa on April 21, 2014. YouTube screen grab
Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen, from France, plunged from a platform made especially for this jump at the top of the 828-metre Burj Khalifa on April 21, 2014. YouTube screen grab

DUBAI // Two daredevils have broken a Guinness World Record for the highest Base jump from a building after leaping off the world’s tallest building.

Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen, from France, plunged from a platform made especially for this jump at the top of the 828-metre Burj Khalifa.

Both trained for a year to make the jump. “When I came to Dubai for the first time and I saw the tower I said: ‘this is the dream, the highest building in the world’,” said Mr Reffet in a video released by Skydive Dubai, which sponsored the jump.

“We don’t like to scare ourselves, that’s not the goal,” explained his teammate Fred Fugen.

“People think that you Base jump because you’re crazy, you like to get scared. We like to fly, we like to have fun. If you are scared; if you scare yourself, there is no fun.”

To the words of “Ready, Set” both men jumped off the platform. The orange smoke streaming out of their shoes left a trail to mark their descent as they clasped hands, let go and then after their white parachutes opened up both men landed seconds later on a small patch of green under the Burj.

They said the jump was the result of “years of training, competing and friendship that made the dream come true”.

Skydive Dubai also broke a similar world record earlier this year when Ernesto Gainza, from Venezuela, made a jump of 14,000 feet with the smallest parachute at just 35 square feet.

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