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First ever bungee jump footage discovered

The world's first bungee jumpers launched themselves from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.
The world’s first bungee jumpers launched themselves from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. Image by Charlie Marshall / CC BY 2.0

Video footage showing what’s regarded as the world’s first-ever bungee jump has been uncovered. The setting was the Clifton Suspension Bridge, a historic, 76m-high structure that spans the River Avon near Bristol, in southwest England. The 1979 jump, by two members of Oxford University’s Dangerous Sports Club, was inspired by a ritual carried out on Vanuatu in the South Pacific. The participants were arrested after the stunt. Bungee jumping went on to be popularized by operators like New Zealand’s AJ Hackett in the ‘80s and ‘90s. See more:  bbc.co.uk