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Images show daredevil divers leaping from an 88ft platform for a Swiss cliff-diving contest

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Incredible images have emerged showing daredevil divers plunging from platforms as much as 88.5ft (27m) in height in Switzerland during an annual cliff-diving contest. 

Near 10,000 spectators turned out for the adrenaline-pumping event run by Red Bull last weekend on the shores of Lake Lucerne within the municipality of Sisikon. 

Photos from the two-day competition show female and male competitors performing dizzying flips and spins as they head towards the water. 

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Incredible images have emerged showing daredevil divers plunging from platforms as much as 88.5ft (above) in height in Switzerland during an annual cliff-diving contest. Pictured, Miguel Garcia of Colombia

Gary Hunt of France captured as he takes the plunge British diver Aidan Heslop took home gold in the men's contest

LEFT: Gary Hunt of France captured as he takes the plunge. RIGHT: British diver Aidan Heslop took home gold in the lads’s contest

Close to 10,000 spectators turned out for the adrenaline-pumping event. Pictured, Gary Hunt of France

Near 10,000 spectators turned out for the adrenaline-pumping event. Pictured, Gary Hunt of France

The divers were judged on various facets of their jumps including the kind of take-off they performed, the variety of somersaults they may pack in and the way they entered the water at the top. 

The feminine divers jumped from a 72.1ft- (22m) high custom-built platform jutting out above the shimmering blue waters, while the lads leapt from an 88.5ft- (27m) high ledge.  

Aidan Heslop, 20, from the UK won in the lads’s division while Rhiannan Iffland, 31, from Australia took home gold in the ladies’s competition.  

Heslop performed 4 ‘high-quality dives’ over the 2 competition days, including one which featured 4 somersaults and three and a half twists that propelled him to a cushty 40-point victory over his nearest rival, Gary Hunt. 

Photos from the two-day competition show male and female competitors performing dizzying flips and spins as they head towards the water

Photos from the two-day competition show female and male competitors performing dizzying flips and spins as they head towards the water 

The female divers jumped from a 72.1ft- (22m) high custom-built platform jutting out above the shimmering blue waters, while the men leapt from an 88.5ft- (27m) high ledge. Pictured, Molly Carlson of Canada

The feminine divers jumped from a 72.1ft- (22m) high custom-built platform jutting out above the shimmering blue waters, while the lads leapt from an 88.5ft- (27m) high ledge. Pictured, Molly Carlson of Canada

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series was established in 2009.

The 88.5ft height of the platform utilized in last weekend’s event is the altitude ceiling for the competition, with divers experiencing speeds of as much as 52.8mph (85kmph) during their three-second descent. 

Additionally they experience as much as 10 times the force of gravity. 

During each stage of the annual contest, divers must perform 4 dives, with their routines planned beforehand.  

Diver Iffland previously explained during an interview with the Irish Examiner that in case you get a dive improper it could be catastrophic.

‘The impact might be quite strong. It may possibly feel like a automobile crash,’ she said.

By way of what it seems like to dive from such heights the athlete, who previously worked as a diving entertainer on cruise ships, added: ‘It’s totally intimidating. I do not think it feels any different today than the primary time, with that uncertainty. 

Iris Schmidbauer of Germany prepares to launch an 'armstand' dive Belarusian diver Yana Nestsiarava is photographed as she plunges head first from the diving platform

LEFT: Iris Schmidbauer of Germany prepares to launch an ‘armstand’ dive. RIGHT: Belarusian diver Yana Nestsiarava is photographed as she plunges head first from the diving platform 

The 88.5ft height of the platform used in last weekend's event is the altitude ceiling for the competition, with divers experiencing speeds of up to 52.8mph (85kmph) during their three-second descent. Pictured, Ukrainian diver Nikita Fedotov

The 88.5ft height of the platform utilized in last weekend’s event is the altitude ceiling for the competition, with divers experiencing speeds of as much as 52.8mph (85kmph) during their three-second descent. Pictured, Ukrainian diver Nikita Fedotov

During each stage of the annual contest, divers must perform four dives, with their routines planned beforehand. Pictured, French diver Gary Hunt

During each stage of the annual contest, divers must perform 4 dives, with their routines planned beforehand. Pictured, French diver Gary Hunt 

‘The abilities are completely different and it takes so much more self-trust and mental capability. It’s a giant step up.’ 

Meanwhile, when quizzed by Red Bull last 12 months about why she liked cliff diving, Colombian athlete Maria Paula Quintero replied: ‘That is a great query. A few hours ago, once I was on the 68.8ft (21m) platform, I asked myself: Why am I here? Really, why am I here? – I used to be very scared, and had an excessive amount of adrenaline. 

‘It’s the sensation within the air that’s amazing. It’s the most effective feeling on earth for me. This sense that you will have adrenaline, this fear, and in addition, the people here. So for these reasons I like cliff diving.’

From the gorgeous cliffs of Sisikon, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series moves on to Polignano a Mar, Italy, on September 18 before the grand finale on October 15 in Sydney. 

For the ultimate event, a purpose-built 88.5ft (27m) platform might be erected in the course of Sydney harbour. 

Previous stops in the competition, which began on June 4, have included Bosnia, Paris and Copenhagen.  

Maria Paula Quintero of Colombia performs a somersault during the nail-biting contest

Maria Paula Quintero of Colombia performs a somersault in the course of the nail-biting contest 

Matthias Appenzeller of Switzerland prepares for his dive with an 'armstand' to start

Matthias Appenzeller of Switzerland prepares for his dive with an ‘armstand’ to begin 

For the final event in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, a purpose-built 88.5ft (27m) platform will be erected in the middle of Sydney harbour. Pictured, Nikita Fedotov in Switzerland

For the ultimate event within the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, a purpose-built 88.5ft (27m) platform might be erected in the course of Sydney harbour. Pictured, Nikita Fedotov in Switzerland 

Multiple images spliced together show Jessica Macaulay of Canada during one of her dives at the Swiss event

Multiple images spliced together show Jessica Macaulay of Canada during one in all her dives on the Swiss event 

The divers can experience up to 10 times the force of gravity. Pictured, Jean-David Duval of Switzerland

The divers can experience as much as 10 times the force of gravity. Pictured, Jean-David Duval of Switzerland

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