A former parachutist hopes to break two world records by jumping into the sea 200 feet from a helicopter without a parachute.
ohn Bream, of Havant, Hampshire, plans to attempt the feat to break the records for the highest free jump from a helicopter and the highest jump in the water in the Solent off Southsea Common, Portsmouth, in September.
Nicknamed The Flying Fish, the 34-year-old said he will drop at speeds of 80 mph.
It is quite dangerous, but there are several security measures I will takeJohn Bream
He said: “It is quite exciting, I am confident, it is all because of the training and my training is going very well, my confidence is high.”
Mr. Bream is supported by two safety divers and a support boat to ensure he can exit the water as soon as possible.
He said, “I am being taken on a Hughes 500 helicopter. I expect it to drop through the air for about four seconds, hit the water at about 80 mph, and submerge to a depth of about six to eight meters.
“It is quite dangerous, but there are several security measures I will take.
“My knees and ankles are being strengthened and there will be a pump on a boat below to break the surface tension of the water.”
Mr. Bream will make the record attempt to raise money and raise awareness for the mental health charity of all service personnel All Call Signs and the charity Support Our Paras.
He said: “I am a former member of the Parachute Regiment and served with them all over the world in peacetime and warfare.
“After serving with some of the best people, it’s so painful to hear about veteran suicide and knowing good people who have sadly claimed their lives.
“The transition of the military is difficult, but I want to show that we don’t have to live in the past and we can all still get brilliant.”
The current world record for the highest jump in the water is at 191ft, which was set by the Brazilian-Swiss extreme athlete Laso Schaller in Cascata del Salto, Switzerland, in 2015.
In support of Mr Bream’s visit https://uk.gf.me/v/c/gfm/Highest-jump-into-water