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  Skydiver balloons to record new heights
Updated 28 October 2001, 11.38
Balloons
A skydiver's floated into the record books with the help of 500 toy balloons.

Ian Ashpole floated 11,000ft in the air hanging from a harness attached to the helium-filled balloons.

His previous record for a flight powered by toy balloons was 10,000ft.

When Mr Ashpole had set his record at the North London Parachute Centre, he cut himself free and parachuted back down.

It's the third time he's tried such a stunt and his supporters spent ten hours filling the ballons with the helium gas.

His reasoning? "I saw a film called The Red Balloon, in which a boy floats off on balloons, when I was a child and ever since I've wanted to do it."

Mr Ashpole landed about 10 miles from where he set off.

And he says one day he hopes to reach the dizzy heights of 15,000ft.

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