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It’s official: Sailor holds Guinness record for free-fall-ninja stunt

(Photo courtesy Ernie Torres)
Information Systems Technician 1st Class (EXW) Ernie Torres breaks a board in midair over Arizona on May 23 — one of a dozen he split as part of a fundraising effort.

Three months after Information Systems Technician 1st Class (EXW) Ernie Torres set an unofficial world record for breaking pine boards while plummeting toward Earth, the Guinness Book of World records has confirmed it. Torres now holds the record for “Most Pine Boards Broken in Free-fall.”

Torres punched through 12 boards while free-falling 16,000 feet at 120 mph, and didn’t do it for the fame. He did it to bring awareness to his fundraising efforts with the Wounded Warrior Project.

“I know the news of the record went worldwide,” Torres said in a Navy release. “My goal was to raise awareness for the organization through the … now-record-breaking event.”

Torres, 38, is a skydiving instructor with nine years of experience and 700 jumps to his name, stationed aboard the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln in Norfolk, Va.

To read more about his story, check out Navy Times’ previous coverage of the stunt.

 

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Comments

  1. Ernie Says:
    September 2nd, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Thanks for the post Meghann!