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245 Brazilian thrill-seekers jump off bridge in world record attempt

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HORTOLANDIA, Brazil -

A group of 245 thrill-seekers tied to ropes jumped from a 98-foot tall bridge -- all together -- in a world record attempt for "rope jumping." The death-defying event took place Sunday in Hortolandia, Brazil, located about one hour from Sao Paulo.

In dramatic footage, the participants are seen leaping from the bridge, each wearing white helmets while tied together with a rope. The jumpers fell almost simultaneously and swung back and forth until coming to a standstill, with some descending to the water below and others climbing up to the bridge.

Stunt organizer, Alan Fereira, said a total of 400 people were involved in the project.

Fereira examined the ropes before the jump, as the feat required the assembly of complicated harnesses and bolts used for professional mountaineering. According to organizers, a total of 12 miles of rope were used, plus 1,000 harnesses.

Guinness World Records have not yet issued an official statement confirming the Brazilian record attempt, but it surpassed another Brazilian attempt with 149 participants in April of 2016. 

A previous unofficial record was set in Russia in July of 2012.

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