Offbeat Turkish daredevil jumps from Istanbul's Galata Tower in modern first

19:08  09 november  2017
19:08  09 november  2017 Source:   AFP

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Turkish extreme sports athlete Cengiz Kocak gestures after performing a base jump off Galata Tower in Istanbul . The adventurer, who has completed base jumps throughout Turkey and abroad, is the first person in modern times to jump from the tower .

Turkish extreme sports athlete Cengiz Kocak performs a base jump off Galata Tower in Istanbul . The adventurer, who has completed base jumps throughout Turkey and abroad, is the first person in modern times to jump from the tower .

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Cengiz Kocak, 44, landed safely and his parachute rapidly activated after he jumped from the 36-metre (118 foot) high balcony of the tower.

The adventurer, who has completed base jumps throughout Turkey and abroad, is the first person in modern times to jump from the tower.

"I don't get so excited normally but this time I was very excited, I couldn't sleep at night," Kocak said after landing in the square beneath the tower.

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"It has been a location that I have had in my mind since my childhood," he said.

A symbol of Istanbul and a major tourist hotspot, Galata Tower was built by the Genoese in 1348 and offers a spectacular panoramic view of the city overlooking the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus.

When it was built, it was the tallest building in Istanbul. During the Ottoman era, the stone-made tower was used to spot fires in the city.

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The inspiration for his jump was the reputed feat of Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi, a legendary Ottoman aviator who in the 17th century is said to have flown from the Galata Tower using wings made of eagles' feathers.

According to the legend reported in the writings of traveller Evliya Celebi, Hezarfen even flew from Galata over the Bosphorus to the slopes of Uskudar on the Asian side.

Quite what Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi achieved remains unclear. But Kocak said in future he would also try to fly from the very top of the Galata Tower across the Bosphorus to Uskudar with special equipment.

"I hope this jump gives inspiration to people and extreme sports develops in Turkey," he added.

The event, backed by culture ministry and Istanbul municipality, was aimed at promoting extreme sports and tourism in Turkey.

Kocak began parachute jumping in the Turkish armed forces and has in recent years become the best known exponent in Turkey of base jumping, where participants jump from fixed objects, rather than a plane, using a parachute or wingsuit.

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