May 18, 2010 12:20 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Skydivers use oxygen masks to survive jump

Thrill seekers from around the world traveled to Nepal last weekend for the chance to leap from the world's highest drop zone.

The skydivers from six countries took off from an airfield in the Himalayas that's 12,800 feet above sea level. The plane carried them to 29,500 feet, higher than the summit of Mount Everest.

"It's very exciting, because it is the highest drops in the world, and we're at the top of the world," said skydiver Wendy Smith, from New Zealand. "The visuals are exciting, the Himalayas, the mountain range, to be flying in between the mountains, is absolutely stunning."

The extreme height means the divers had to wear oxygen masks to breathe.


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