Paratroopers cast themselves from the top of Dorset’s Durdle Door in front of a beach full of stunned sun worshipers despite warnings
- Two basic jumpers wowed the audience for a walk on Easter Sunday
- They ignored warning signs telling people not to climb the 60 meter high rock arch
- Both were dressed in nothing but shorts and a T-shirt, although wearing helmets
Two daring base jumpers have been captured on film as they hurl themselves off the Durdle Door arch in Dorset.
The two basic jumpers stunned the audience for a walk on Easter Sunday by climbing the 60 meter high monument on the Dorset coast.
The two men ignored warning signs telling people not to climb the rock arch and walked to the top.
The two men ignored warning signs telling people not to climb the rock arch and walked to the top
Both wore only shorts and T-shirts, although they wore safety helmets
The first man flung free and his yellow parachute opened to control his descent into the chilly sea
Both wore only shorts and T-shirts, although they wore safety helmets.
The first man flung free and his yellow parachute opened to control his descent into the chilly sea.
He surfaced, then struggled to control his soggy canopy before swimming with it to shore.
Then he swam back under the arch to help his buddy jump a blue parachute.
The stunt was attended by hundreds of audience members who were on the beach.
A witness said: “The beach was packed, but I don’t think anyone could really believe it when they saw these two guys start climbing through the door with their stuff.
‘It was clear what they were going to do, but a bit unbelievable then. Everyone stopped to watch.
The stunt was attended by hundreds of audience members who were on the beach
“ The first man to jump seemed to struggle with his parachute afterwards, it must have been very heavy in the water, ” said a witness
Durdle Door was the scene of several stunts last year, most notably people climbing to the top to jump 60 meters into the water
The first man to jump seemed to be struggling with his parachute afterwards, which must have been very heavy in the water.
“I think that’s why he swam back to help the second man.”
Durdle Door was the scene of several stunts last year, most notably people climbing to the top to jump 60 meters into the water.
One of them had to be rescued from the seabed and resuscitated on the beach after his jump went badly wrong.
Last September, another thrill seeker used a jetpack to fly through the arch that is part of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
At the time, the Lulworth Rangers, who are employed by the land owner, the Weld Estate, said they were fed up with people abusing the historic site.
A spokesperson said: ‘From the gruesome scenes of tombstones, more and more people are using the iconic arch to create a viral sensation.
Not only does this endanger itself and our emergency services, but it exploits the natural World Heritage Site as a playground to abuse rather than respect.
“Stunts like this only make us desperate about what will happen next. Just because Durdle Door is there doesn’t mean you have to jump off, climb up, or fly through it. ‘
Kevin Burt, a Lulworth Coast Guard, said, “We’re trying to keep people from jumping off the bow because it’s so dangerous.”
It comes when a base jumper was flown to the hospital after his parachute failed in a separate incident at Beachy Head.
The Coast Guard and ambulance crew were summoned to the beach in East Sussex after a 999 call.
According to reports, the base jumper’s parachute did not fully open when they jumped from 530 feet.
After the accident, ambulance personnel and a helicopter were seen taking off.
A Coast Guard spokesperson said: ‘At 9:15 today a call from 999 was received reporting an injured person at Beachy Head.
The Coastguard Rescue Teams from Eastbourne, Birling Gap and Newhaven, the RNLI Rescue Boat from Eastbourne, the Search and Rescue Helicopter from Lydd and the South East Coast Ambulance Service were on hand.
“The victim was winched by the search and rescue helicopter to the hospital in Brighton, where they were placed in the care of medical personnel.”