The World’s Tallest Bungee Jump

Macau Tower Bungy at 233 meters / 764 feet! – The World’s Highest Bungy Jump certified by Guinness World Records.

The first thing resembling a Bungee jump was carried out by hardy young men from Pentecost Island in the Vanuatu archipelago. They would throw themselves off wooden platforms with their legs attached to vines to prove their manhood.

Eccentric Oxford students carried out the first bungee jump with modern materials off the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol on April Fool's' Day 1979. Using nylon braided rubber shock cords and dressed in top hats and tails, four members of the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club jumped off. They survived and were immediately arrested.

Bungee jumping is so named after the strong elasticated cords that are normally used to strap down luggage.

The highest commercial bungee jump in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records, is 764ft (233m), off the Macau Tower in China. Jumpers experience four to five seconds of freefall at up to 125mph.

James Bond film GoldenEye, starring Pierce Brosnan as 007, featured what was the largest bungee jump ever performed at the time in 2002. Stuntman Wayne Michaels jumped off the Verzasca Dam in Switzerland, a 720ft (220m) drop. That year it was voted the best stunt of all time in a Sky Movies poll.

In 1991 Andrew Salisbury jumped from a helicopter attached to a bungee over Cancun in Mexico. He fell 3,157 feet before the bungee reached full stretch.

Frequent injuries have included dislocations, rope burn, back injuries and eye trauma.

For $10,000 (£6,700) you can jump off a helicopter into the mouth of an active Andean volcano in Pucon, Chile. Breakfast buffet is included.

The catapult or reverse bungee involves a jumper standing on the ground attached to a stretched cord which is then shot up into the air.

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