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Watch: Daredevil jumps down 58.8 metre high waterfall

world Updated: Aug 21, 2015 11:33 IST
HT Correspondent
Laso Schaller

Laso Schaller looks down the cliff right before making his jump. (YouTube screengrab)

Thrill-seeker Laso Schaller leaped from a 58.8-metre waterfall to set a new world record for the highest cliff jump.

Schaller went to the Ticino area of Switzerland for the challenge and launched himself from the Cascata del Salto, a waterfall that sits above the southern town of Maggia.

The Brazil-born Swiss daredevil spent three-and-a-half seconds free-falling and entered the water at a speed of 123 kmph.

The 27-year-old has a reputation for death-defying feats, having previously jumped from 35-meter cliffs.

However, no one has ever been recorded leaping from a height of 58.8 metres – almost two metres more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

The cliff was taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa. (Photo: Redbull)

A helmet camera captured Schaller’s descent and showed the impact the water had on his body when he broke the surface.

He landed feet-first in a braced position, with his hands in his lap to soften the impact on his face. Unfortunately for Schaller, the daredevil missed the aerated section of the pool and instead landed on a harder zone of water.

He was later checked by medical staff and was found to have pulled his right leg out slightly and to have possibly dislocated his right hip for a second, but there were no major injuries.

Watch the video below to see how close Schaller gets to the cliff in the POV view.