This plunging pensioner hopes to have set a new Guinness world record – after bungee jumping 216m (708ft) off a bridge at the tender age of 96.
This plunging pensioner hopes to have set a new Guinness world record – after bungee jumping 216m (708ft) off a bridge at the tender age of 96. 96-year-old Mohr Keet becomes the world’s oldest bungee jumper in South Africa Even so, South African Mohr Keet still wasn’t happy, saying the drop was too short. Mr Keet said he did the jump for the thrill and, actually, to get rid of fear, adding: I believe you have to do things, to live life, so to speak. You have to face a challenge, to be able to go through with it for yourself – not for exhibition but for yourself.
Once the World War II veteran was back on terra firma, paramedics examined him and pronounced his blood pressure absolutely perfect – not bad considering Bloukrans Bridge, near Nature Valley in South Africa’s Western Cape, is one of the tallest bungee bridges in the world. Cheering from the sidelines were the aged adrenaline junkie’s daughter Ellen van der Nett and grand-niece Yvette Kruger, who both followed him in jumping on Tuesday.
Yesterday, Devan Tuohey, the jump organiser, said: Mohr has set the [oldest jumper] record three times already but this will be the first time we will be applying to make it official with Guinness World Records. Mr Keet did his first bungee jump at the age of 88. The daredevil, who spent four years as a prisoner of war in Germany, has also been white-water rafting and parachuting and now hopes to go tandem skydiving.