old daredevil:97-year-old man skydives from 10,000ft

Posted on 10:11 AM by Sameer Shah

A 97-year-old daredevil, believed to be Britain's oldest skydiver, jumped from an aircraft yesterday.

George Moyse and his grandson Edward Brewer, 43, leapt from a plane flying at 10,000ft with their instructors at the Netheravon Airfield in Wiltshire.

For the first 5,000ft, they made a freefall at nearly 120mph before their parachute released and they enjoyed a more tranquil descent - landing safely on Salisbury Plain.

The pensioner, from Bournemouth, Dorset, celebrates his 98th birthday on Wednesday and carried out the stunt to raise money for the Royal National Life-boat Institution.

After the jump, Mr Moyse said: 'It was lovely, I really enjoyed it, I wasn't frightened at all. It was the first time but it won't be the last.'

The elderly thrillseeker added he was an 'outgoing' person who put his old age agility down to luck.

He said: 'I do not sit around, I get about, I go for a walk every day and I do my own cooking, washing, ironing, everything.

'I have just been lucky to be so agile.'

Mr Brewer, from Petersfield in Hampshire, who is raising money for the Royal Air Forces Association, said: 'This is all my grandfather's idea.

'He has supported the RNLI all his life so they were the obvious beneficiaries when he decided he really wanted to do the jump.

'Both the volunteer lifeboat crew and lifeguards do a fantastic job to keep us safe on and in the water and as a charity they receive no government funding at all so to be able to raise money for them is something my grandfather really wanted to do - and if he can do it, so can I.'

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