Moment ex-paratrooper makes a splash after jumping off Portsmouth’s 558ft Spinnaker Tower

This is when a daredevil jumps from a 558-foot landmark into the city.

John Bream, 35, who is a former paratrooper, filmed his jump from the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, Hants early this morning.

Mr Bream, nicknamed ‘Johnny the Fish’, had to make a last minute decision to dive into the water as he fell too fast to land safely on solid ground.

He is seen jumping off the tower with his friend and the former world champion base jumper known as ‘DTM’.

Mr Bream said he decided to take the plunge to show people that we can ‘achieve brilliance’, and tried to do it at the quietest moment – in the morning – because he didn’t want to bump into anyone when he was in the busy shopping area ended up below.

The father of three, who calls himself a modern-day Evel Knievel, said: ‘It was just to show people that we can achieve genius.

“I wanted to keep people laughing and entertaining – that’s fun.

John Bream, 35 (pictured), jumps from the 558ft Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, Hants

The former paratrooper, pictured with his henchman, known only as 'DTM', jumps from the top of Spinnaker Tower

The former paratrooper, pictured with his henchman, known only as ‘DTM’, jumps from the top of Spinnaker Tower

The water below, where the aptly nicknamed 'Johnny the Vis' should soon collapse after coming down at too much speed

The water below, where the aptly nicknamed ‘Johnny the Vis’ should soon collapse after coming down at too much speed

Mr Bream, pictured, said he pulled the stunt to make people laugh and show them that we can all 'achieve brilliance'

Mr Bream, pictured, said he pulled the stunt to make people laugh and show them that we can all ‘achieve brilliance’

Mr Bream's henchman, 'DTM' (pictured), though twenty years old - 55 years old - made a more successful jump and deftly landed on the ground - as Mr Bream had to enter the water

Mr Bream’s henchman, ‘DTM’ (pictured), though twenty years old – 55 years old – made a more successful jump and deftly landed on the ground – as Mr Bream had to enter the water

'DTM', former world basic jumping champion, watches his partner Mr Bream fall to the ground

‘DTM’, former world basic jumping champion, watches his partner Mr Bream fall to the ground

Spectators going about their morning routine in Portsmouth this morning were given an unexpected shock when the two daredevils Mr Bream and DTM (pictured) jumped off the landmark

Spectators going about their morning routine in Portsmouth this morning were given an unexpected shock when the two daredevils Mr Bream and DTM (pictured) jumped off the landmark

‘I came in too fast, so I had to go into the water where people drive model boats. I swam to safety as fast as I could.

“When we got out, security came and they thought we were terrorists because our parachutes broke.

“The police came by and when they realized we weren’t doing anything, they left us alone.”

DTM, 55, jumped after Mr Bream and – although twenty years older – did the stunt much more gracefully, landing deftly on the concrete runway without having to dig into the water.

Police questioned the daredevils (pictured, DTM) after they landed, having been drawn to the scene by the loud bang produced by the parachutes deployed

After a brief exchange, the police released the two daredevils.  (Pictured an officer testing Mr. Bream)

Police questioned the daredevils (left, DTM and right, Mr Bream) after they landed, but released them after a brief exchange

John Bream with his Guinness World Record certificate for the highest jump of an airplane into the water without a parachute in October 2020

John Bream with his Guinness World Record certificate for the highest jump of an airplane into the water without a parachute in October 2020

Mr Bream – who has toured Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland – says he also does stunts to raise awareness of mental health issues, particularly among the military.

The daredevil, from Bedhampton, Hants, was given the Guinness World Record for the highest jump from an aircraft into the water when he plunged 131 feet into the Solent off Hayling Island, Hants in October 2020.

During his record-breaking jump into the Solent from a helicopter and without a parachute, he reached speeds of 120 km/h, as part of a daring stunt to raise awareness of veteran suicide.

The father of three spent 18 months training for the jump because even if he was a little wrong, he could have been seriously injured or even dead.

Mr Bream explained that with the wrong technique ‘the water can absolutely tear you in half’.

Explaining his technique, he said, ‘It had to be feet first, you’d break your neck with anything else.

“It must be a foot-first start, but then I opened my arms and bent over to slow myself down as much as possible and when I got to the water I quickly pressed myself into a pencil position.

“If my arms were out when I landed, they would break.

“The water can absolutely tear you in half — a belly flop would probably mean death.

“The height I jumped from will get you about 75 mph — it’s pretty fast. If you jump 10 meters at a pool, you’ll reach about 35 mph.’

He also said, ‘You know when you trip on the sidewalk? The reality is that you slip pretty quickly and hit the ground, but in your head you trip and all these thoughts go through your head and everything slows down.

“This is kind of like, everything slows down when you’re in the moment.”

Mr Bream said the previous record for diving in UK waters was 122 ft and the 40 ft record for free fall into the water from an aircraft was held by SAS Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton.

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