By Tom Midlane @GoldenLatrine

A 73-YEAR-OLD daredevil Brit has rolled back the years by setting a new bungee jumping record

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LONG WAY DOWN: 73-year-old former taxi driver Ray Woodcock's bungee rope unravels as he takes the plunges from 465ft

Former cabbie 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.

The pensioner's death-defying leap smashed his own previous world record of 380ft and was streamed live over 4G to his family in Essex using EE’s new 4GEE Action Cam.

READY FOR TAKE OFF: Ray Woodcock perching on the edge of his safety cage as he prepares to make his record-breaking jump

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

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

A still-dripping Ray 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.'

THUMBS UP: Ray gives the double thumbs up as the crane prepares to hoist him into the air

"As I was going up in the crane, everything looked 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.

"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!"

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Ray used the EE Action Cam to livestream his antics back to his family at home
TOUCHING THE VOID: the 73-year-old cabbie readies himself to jump

Ray, 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.

The daring pensioner was joined at the site by his partner Heather Dowie, who watched his acrobatic feat through her fingers.

And using the waterproof EE Action Cam, secured to his chest, Ray was able to live stream the stunt to his terrified children and grandchildren at home.

VERTIGO: Ray made the jump from a 500ft crane at Chepstow Quarry - home of the UK Bungee Club

Ray 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.

IS IT A BIRD? A shot across the quarry shows Ray in mid-air

"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."

IN FLIGHT: A sequence of three images showing 73-year-old Ray's trajectory during his record-breaking jump

All necessary health and safety measures were taken and Ray 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.

 

WALKING ON AIR: The ex-taxi driver gives a final thumbs up before the jump

Jon Snape, head of the UK Bungee Club, said: "Ray contacted me 18 months ago, he said he was doing a fundraiser and wanted to break the record for the highest jump into water.

I just thought he was nuts at first - you have a 73-year-old gentleman jumping 465ft, six metres from a sheer cliff face - but he was insistent.

He's an incredibly brave and inspiring person."

SPLASH: The record required a full submersion in water, which Ray was able to achieve
EN POINT: Ray grins for the camera after his successful jump

And despite being in the twilight of his life, Ray says he has no plans to give up his high-altitude feats any time soon.

Ray added: "Today has been the dream for the last three years - I've lived every day for today, imagined it, gone through it and now I've achieved it. It feels fantastic, I'm still riding on a cloud - or a bungee!

"At 73 there's lots of things you can't do, but the world record for the oldest jumper is over 100, so at my age I'm a spring chicken.

A lot of people at my age, they've given up - but you've never too old to achieve new things."

A-OKAY: Ray Woodcock gives an "okay" signal after smashing his previous record of 380ft

Ray’s incredible leap is currently being reviewed by Guinness World Records.

Spencer McHugh, Director of Brand at EE, said: “Ray is an inspiration and the perfect ambassador to trial our new 4GEE Action Cam technology.

"We designed this product to stream live over our network which means adventurous types like Ray can share the awesome stuff they are doing, live as it happens, with friends and family.

"It’s nail-biting stuff and all the more special knowing that Ray’s family were able to share his experience.”

Ray’s jump was filmed using EE’s new 4GEE Action Cam, the world’s first action camera that live streams over 4G. On sale in store today – Actioncam.ee.co.uk