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An IAF officer skydives near Everest peak

world Updated: Sep 23, 2009 15:45 IST

Indian Air Force officer Ramesh Chandra Tripathi on Wednesday became one of the few adventurers in the world who skydived near the world's tallest peak Mount Everest along with two Britons.

Tripathi dived out from a helicopter from 6,000 metres to land his skydiving chute at the Everest base camp at Gorak Shep situated at 5,164 metre, which is known as the highest point for skydiving, yesterday.

Tripathi, an Air commodore in the Indian Air Force, skydived along with two Britons -- Leo Dickinson and Ralph Mitchell.

Earlier in May this year, Indian Army's Col Niraj Rana set another record by landing above the camp II of Mt Makalu, pitched above 7,000 metre on a para glider.

The three Everest skydivers had a free fall from an altitude of 6,000 metre from a helicopter, Nepal Tourism Board officials said. The event was coordinated by the Himalaya Expeditions, which organises adventure sports like the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon.

"With a free fall timing of around five to six seconds, all touched the snow of Gorak Shep in four minutes. All three have returned to Kathmandu and are physically fit," the organisers said in a statement.

Dickinson and Mitchell have done over 4,000 jumps so far, while Tripathi has done over 3,000 jumps.