Veteran jumps out of a helicopter with no parachute to raise awareness for veteran suicide

A Briton and former Para by the name of John Bream leapt forty meters into the cold waters off the coast of Hayling Island, hopefully securing his name in the Guinness Book of World Records for a veteran cause.

Hoping to raise awareness for veteran suicide, the former parachutist, known as “The Flying Fish,” took approximately 3 seconds to fall forty meters from a helicopter, hitting the water at 62 MPH.

According to The Portsmouth, Bream may now be the man known for the world’s highest free fall jump into water from a helicopter and now holds the British record for the highest jump into UK waters.

Prior to the event, Bream stated how happy he was to do it for a good cause.

“Leaping from a helicopter is second nature for me,” he said. “But it’s always good fun. It’s exhilarating.”

For Bream, the reality of veteran suicides is a personal one.

“It’s heartbreaking,” he said. “I’ve had friends who have killed themselves. I’ve been in war zones with these men and we got through it. Then we come back and their demons take over and they die. It’s horrendous. These men have got families – wives, kids.. it’s just horrible.”

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