Monday 26 June 2017

Bungee jumping held in the dark

Europe's first outdoor night-time bungee jump attraction has been launched in Scotland
Europe's first outdoor night-time bungee jump attraction has been launched in Scotland

Extreme sports enthusiasts plummeted 150ft off a bridge in total darkness to launch Europe's first outdoor night-time bungee jump attraction.

The adrenaline lovers hurled themselves off Garry Bridge near Killiecrankie, Perthshire, on Friday night, run by adventure company Highland Fling Bungee.

Jumpers were dispatched with only glow sticks to chart their descent from the platform, as they hurtled at a speed of around 50mph towards the River Garry.

Alanna Jackson, 26, from Glasgow, was the first to jump. She said: "What I would say to people is that, if they have jumped before during the day, they have to try this. It is the next level up."

Bryan Jenkins, 29, from Aberdeen, also took the plunge and likened it to a roller coaster ride.

He said: "The only similar feeling I have had was when I was in the States on a roller coaster and had a 200ft vertical drop. The only difference was that, with this, you couldn't see anything. When you get to the bottom, you actually wonder which way is up."

Highland Fling Bungee opened in May this year and became Britain's only permanent bridge bungee operator. Since then, it said it has since dispatched over 3800 jumpers from all over the world.

Night bungee jumping has been operated in New Zealand and Australia at jump spots run by the creator of commercial bungee jumping, A J Hackett. Highland Fling Bungee said it plans to stage night events twice a month until March next year.

John Swinney, MSP for Perthshire North, said: "Perthshire is a world class destination for visitors from across the UK and beyond. Jumpers from four continents have been attracted to the area by this experience.

"We should take encouragement from this success and build on it, as we work together to increase jobs and investment in our communities. Highland Fling Bungee has shown what can be achieved."

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