By Mark Hodge @mrhodgey
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Videographer / Director: Extremity Project
Producer: Mark Hodge, Chloe Browne
Editor: Joshua Douglas
A FEARLESS daredevil takes BASE jumping to new extremes - by using a parachute pierced into his FLESH.
Filmed in Ton Sai, Thailand, this gruesome footage shows adrenaline junkie Josh Miramant, 28, performing a suspension jump – where metal canopy hooks are inserted into the skin.
San Francisco resident Josh had only started BASE jumping three weeks before the incredible stunt and had completed 21 jumps in that short time.
The Maine-born rock climber first discovered the remote beach peninsula of Ton Sai while backpacking through south-east Asia nearly a decade ago.
He returned to the region for a fourth time to perform the ultimate leap of faith from a 377ft cliff overlooking the beach.
He said: “I'd never had any other piercings before and it was by far the most painful part of the whole experience.
“It takes about 20 minutes to get all four done and despite the appearance of this - I am not a masochist - I just came to enjoy the whole experience despite the pain, but I was certainly happy when the piercing was complete.
“As with every BASE jump, an even body position with the hands extended like Superman is crucial to avoid the canopy from opening towards the cliff.
“Distracted by the hooks in my back, I hoped I wouldn't make a mistake and cause a fatal dangerous body position.”
And the American thrill-seeker insisted that despite being worried about the painful hooks, they didn't prohibit him from completing the jump.
He said: “I was shocked that when the canopy opened, it was not very painful at all.
“It's amazing how powerful adrenaline is - as the canopy made a loud snap above me, it triggered one of the strongest adrenaline kicks I've ever had.
“At that point, I just had to steer the canopy towards the ground and it was over.
“The delight, relief and satisfaction of success was for more prevalent than pain.”