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Jumping into the record books: Pensioner sets bungee record with 465ft plunge

Don't look down: Ray Woodcock set a new British - and potential world record - for the highest jump with a full body submersion into water with a leap from 465ftDon't look down: Ray Woodcock set a new British - and potential world record - for the highest jump with a full body submersion into water with a leap from 465ft

Taking the plunge: The pensioner's death-defying leap smashed his own previous world record of 380ft and was streamed live to his family in Essex

Leap of faith: The jump took place from a special 500ft crane at Chepstow Quarry - the site of the highest bungee jump in the UK

Thumbs up: The former cabbie, from Essex, described the record-breaking jump as 'absolutely incredible'

The jump took place from a special 500ft crane at Chepstow Quarry - the site of the highest bungee jump in the UK.

The quarry has been transformed into the National Diving and Activity Centre and its deep water made the world record attempt possible.

After his leap, the former cabbie said: 'The jump was absolutely incredible. A little bit harder than I thought it would be - the height was unbelievable, I looked at it from the ground and thought 'wow no-one's going to jump off that.'

'As I was going up in the crane, everything looks totally different. When you're standing next to that open doorway and you've got someone bigger than you ready to shove you out, you have to just go with it.

Taking the plunge: The pensioner's death-defying leap smashed his own previous world record of 380ft and was streamed live to his family in Essex'When I was falling, I was saying in my mind 'please let it be a world record'. I started in a very bad spin, so the impact with the water was pretty hard. It was quite a jolt and I was completely submerged. But I knew the second I hit the water that there was no problem, I'd soon be shooting 300ft into the air and flying!'

Pictures show the pensioner leaping from a platform (left), plummeting downwards (centre) and hitting the water (right)

Splash down: Ray Woodcock looks down as he leaps from the platform (left) before plunging into the water (right)

The jump took place from a special 500ft crane at Chepstow Quarry - the site of the highest bungee jump in the UK

Mr Woodcock, a taxi driver for over 30 years, performed the jump to raise money for The Southend Taxi Drivers Charity for Children which takes sick and disabled children on an annual outing.

Thumbs up: The former cabbie, from Essex, described the record-breaking jump as 'absolutely incredible'He was joined at the site by his partner Heather Dowie, who watched his acrobatic feat through her fingers.

The jump was filmed using EE's new 4GEE Action Cam, the world's first action camera that live streams over 4G.

With the camera secured to his chest, the pensioner was able to live stream the stunt to his terrified children and grandchildren at home.

He said: 'Today was very special because my family could watch, could feel, could see what I was doing - EE's new technology is amazing.

'When I was standing on the edge, with nothing between me and nearly 500ft - for the kids to have seen that at home must have blown their minds.

Head for heights: Mr Woodcock was joined at the site by his partner Heather Dowie, who watched his acrobatic feat through her fingers

Pictures show the pensioner leaping from a platform (left), plummeting downwards (centre) and hitting the water (right)Deep breath: Ray gives a thumbs up as he prepares to leap from the platform 500ft up

'My son asked 'how the hell did you survive that?' and I said 'I've got plenty more living to do kid, don't worry about that.'

Watching from home, son Marc Woodcock, 37, said: 'I'm extremely happy that he's safe, the 465ft drop looked ridiculously high, I couldn't even comprehend doing something like that. My heart was in my mouth, my stomach turned, it was terrifying for me, let alone for him.'

All necessary health and safety measures were taken and Mr Woodcock completed a full medical assessment prior to the jump.

A team of safety boats and divers remained on alert in case of an accident, but they were thankfully not required. Ray is no stranger to risk, having previously climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, trekked through Death Valley and driven a group of huskies 250km across the Arctic.

Ray Woodcock looks down as he leaps from the platform Splash down: Ray plunges into the water during his death-defying bungee jump at Chepstow Quarry Head for heights: Mr Woodcock was joined at the site by his partner Heather Dowie, who watched his acrobatic feat through her fingers Deep breath: Ray gives a thumbs up as he prepares to leap from the platform 500ft up
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