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1974: Human cannonball misses target

VIDEO : A ducking for everyone after human cannonball attempt

A woman fired from a cannon in Bristol has failed to break the English record for the second time.

Mary Connors, 21, aimed to be shot further than anyone else had yet achieved in England by clearing the River Avon and landing in a safety net.

Before the attempt on Saturday Ms Connors said she was confident of success.

"We've been working flat out on the cannon ever since Wednesday and I think we've ironed out all the faults," she said.

'Swimming lessons'

Ms Connors said she was persevering in spite of her failure on Wednesday because "it's a challenge to get to the other side".

She had not taken out personal insurance for the attempts, Ms Connors added, but she had taken "a few swimming lessons".

In the event they came in handy as Ms Connors, a secretary, again fell short and end up in the water.

Events took a farcical turn when two men in a rescue boat also fell in the water as they attempted to pull her out.

The three then had to be rescued by another boat which was standing by with a frogman aboard.

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