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The High Dive Record: Worst World Record Attempt of All Time?

Honestly, how different is this “dive” any different from just jumping off? Constable Velumurugan of the Tamil Nadu State Police in India decided it was time to try some daredevil shit as he attempted to break the world high-dive record. He ascended to 38 meters to make his leap from the fire truck lift and…belly-flopped into the water. He looks okay for about a second when he begins the dive, but soon enough he’s flailing and totally unsure of how, where, or when he was going to land. He’s very fortunate he escaped with only minor injuries.

Turns out he didn’t even get high enough; the actual world high-dive record is 177 feet (53.94 meters), held by French diver Oliver Favre, who did it in 1987. And obviously, even after Velumurugan’s effort, it remains unbroken.

Here it is, the most disorganized, sloppy and pointless attempt at a world record ever caught on video:


May 21, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Actually, all of those attempts have been SHATTERED in San Francisco. A 16 year old boy did an illegal stunt dive off of the Golden Gate bridge, at a point where the dive was about 200′. The exact height will depend on where the actual dive start was, as the bridge has a curvature. He did not dive at center span.

    Never the less, the dive was successful, and he is being checked by doctors. Reports are that he’s in good conditions apart from some minor bruising from the entrance.

    The dive, of course, was illegal, and none of the safety precautions, or even preparation were part of the attempt (some witnesses assumed it was a suicide jump).

    Crazy kid!

    Comment by Ryder | March 11, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hi,
    Just a precision, Olivier Favre is not French but Swiss!

    Comment by Jean-Robert Martinet | August 14, 2009 | Reply

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