Woman Turns 100 With Skydive, Sharkdive

Georgina first jumped out of a plane at 92
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 15, 2015 2:37 PM CDT
Woman Turns 100 With Skydive, Sharkdive
Centenarian Georgina Harwood, center right, gestures as she lands with Jason Baker, centre left, after her tandem parachute jump forming part of her birthday celebrations, in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, March 14, 2015. Harwood, who celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday, completed her third...   (Schalk van Zuydam)

(Newser) – What better way to mark your long life than by risking its end? Celebrating her 100th birthday with a parachute jump is not enough for South African Georgina Harwood, who plans to make her centenary even more exciting by doing a shark cage dive tomorrow. Her birthday skydive was a tandem jump in which she was in harness with another person. The jump took place yesterday near the Melkbosstrand area north of Cape Town.

Wearing a red jumpsuit, Harwood was joined in the air by 15 family members and friends who participated in groups of three. Harwood said it was wonderful seeing all the others around her. Harwood said this was her third skydive. She did her first when she was 92 years old in 2007. In a shark cage dive the participant goes underwater in a cage in an area where sharks are fed chum, bits of cut up fish meat, by tour operators. (Read more skydiving stories.)

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