South African Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday With Skydive; Plans Shark Cage Next

16/03/2015 9:19 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 10 (SOUTH AFRICA, UAE, BRAZIL AND TURKEY OUT): Cornelis 'Kees' van Dam celebrates his 100th birthday with a parachute jump with instructor Robert Verner at the Pretoria Parachuting Club on 10 April 2011in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Celebrating her 100th birthday with a parachute jump is not enough for South African Georgina Harwood. She plans to make her centenary even more exciting by doing a shark cage dive on Monday.

Her birthday skydive was a tandem jump in which she was in harness with another person. The jump took place Saturday near the Melkbosstrand area north of Cape Town. A video uploaded by the BBC can be seen here.

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.

However, she is not the first to achieve this feat at her age. Cornelis 'Kees' van Dam had also celebrated his 100th birthday with a parachute jump in Pretoria on April 10, 2011.

(With inputs from Associated Press)

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