Groom skydives to tie knot in Orissa

July 13th, 2008 - 5:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, July 13 (IANS) A 32-year-old man in Orissa adopted a unique way to make his wedding memorable. He jumped from a height of about 6,000 feet to reach the bride’s place Sunday. Shishir Mishra, of Odagaon village in Nayagarh district, went up in a private helicopter along with three other skydivers and jumped from a height of about 6,000 feet to reach his fiancée’s house in the state capital Bhubaneswar.

Several hundred relatives and other invitees witnessed Mishra and his friends landing in a playground a short distance from the marriage pandal (marquee).

Mishra was taken to a nearby hotel from where he returned within minutes after he had changed into the traditional groom’s dress to marry Sweta Prusty.

“The helicopter took off from Bhubaneswar airport at around 11 a.m.,” chief pilot of Sky Airways, Captain A.C. Pati, told IANS. “They jumped from about 6,000 feet and opened their parachutes some 3,500 feet above the ground,” he said.

Mishra, who works as an aircraft technician with the Indian Air Force at Delhi, has over 10 years of experience in sky diving.

He claimed he had earlier created a record by jumping from a height of 15,000 feet with the Indian Tricolour in the United States as part of an Indian delegation.

“Marriage is always a significant event in one’s life and I did this to make it memorable,” Mishra, who is a member of India’s only sport skydiving team “Air Devils”, said.

Mishra was also selected to represent India as part of the Indian skydiving team in the World Skydiving Championship in October 2007.

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