A widowed former serviceman says he will ‘do it again’ after becoming the oldest bungee jumper in Europe on his 90th birthday.
Dare-devil nonagenarian Bob Steele leapt 132ft from Highland Fling Bungee’s platform at Garry Bridge, Killiecrankie, at 50mph on Monday afternoon.
Afterwards he said he’s happily try it again after his record breaking plunge raised money for Scottish Veteran charity, Erskine, and Great Ormond Street hospital.
Bob- a keen believer in staying active- fought in Egypt during the Second World War and also worked for the BBC and on the railways in his working career.
Now living in West Sussex, he reckons it was the perfect way to mark his four score years and ten.
“I am glad I have done it and, yes, I’d do it again. It is nothing to be scared of and it’s not stressful. I was a bit disorientated at the start but it was great and I’m happy to have done it. I’ve actually done two sky dives before.”
Bob, who admits jumping from a bridge on an elasticated rope might not be every senior citizen’s thing, puts his longevity and spark down to regular exercise when younger.
“I’ve always been active. I did a lot of cycling when I was younger and then I went into hill walking and I used to do a couple of thousand miles a year until I got dodgy ankles.”
Bob was watched by two grand daughters, Kerrie Pasifull and Fay Stevens and his grandson-in-law Wayde Pasifull, who also bungee jumped to mark his birthday.
Highland Fling Bungee Managing Director Murray Trail said: “We’ve had jumpers from the age of 14, right through the age spectrum, but Bob is a hero and this is a European first, as far as records go.”
Bob still has a bit to go to catch up with world record holder, South African Mohr Keet, who bungee jumped from Bloukrans Bridge in 2010 at the age of 96.
Frances Gabe, an American, is the oldest woman bungee jumper on the planet.
The Californian dived at the age of 91 at the Fresno Fair after recovering from colon cancer.
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