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Skydiving team in record formation as 400 hold hands in free-fall jump.

SKYDIVERS from 31 countries say they have set a new world record of 400 people holding hands in a mid-air free-fall formation.

It was certified by judges from the Switzerland-based Federation Aeronautique Internationale at the scene, announced the World Team '06, the informal association of international skydivers who made the attempt over an airfield in Thailand.

"It was beautiful. It was one of my absolute favourite dives of my life," said World Team skydive director BJ Worth, who added that in order to set the record, "100% of the people in the air have to be holding hands, even if only for a split second."

The group had failed to completely link up for a measurable amount of time in two earlier jumps yesterday..

The previous record, of 357 skydivers over Takhli, Thailand, in February, 2004, had also been set by the World Team.

The latest attempts were organised to honour Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, who celebrates 60 years on the throne this year.

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Skydivers from 31 countries making the record f reef all in Thailand yesterday Picture: HENNYWIGGERS
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Date:Feb 9, 2006
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