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Cliff diver sets record with 193-foot jump in Switzerland

By Ben Hooper
Cliff diver sets record with 193-foot jump in Switzerland
Laso Schaller prepares to jump 193 feet from the top of the Cascata del Salto waterfall in Switzerland. Red Bull video screenshot

MAGGIA, Switzerland, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A cliff-diving daredevil in Switzerland set a new world record with a 193-foot leap from the top of the Cascata del Salto waterfall.

Laso Schaller, 27, who was born in Brazil and raised in Switzerland, hit the water at a speed of 76.4 mph when he jumped earlier this month from atop the waterfall in Maggia, Switzerland.

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A video of the jump, shared online by Red Bull, shows Schaller's jump from multiple perspectives, including a first-person view from his helmet camera.

The video shows how Italy's leaning tower of Pisa could fit between Schaller's jumping point and the surface of the water.

Schaller's team aerated the water to cushion his impact, but the daredevil overshot his mark and landed in the harder water close to the center of the pool.

The stunt left Schaller with a slightly dislocated right hip, but he emerged from the water smiling.

The previous world record for cliff diving was a distance of 177 feet, set by Olivier Favre in 1987.

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