LODI, Calif. — A couple of chilly parachutists claimed a world record for jumping out of an airplane Friday, completing 255 jumps in a 24-hour period as a group of supporters cheered them on.
World-class parachutist Cheryl Sterns, 32, of Fayetteville, N.C., and Russell Fish, a financial officer from Madera, Calif., ended the effort at 4:30 p.m., spiraling to the Tarmac from a Cessna flying at just under 2,000 feet.
Grinning broadly, the couple stood briefly before television news cameras then headed for showers and well-earned rests.
They bested a 24-hour mark of 250 consecutive jumps set by Dave Huber in Issaquah, Wash., on July 3 and 4, 1985, said Bill Dause, manager of the Parachute Center, site of the duo's record-breaking effort five miles west of Lodi.
In addition, Sterns shattered the women's record of 74 consecutive jumps, set during a seven-hour stint by Ce Ce Classon at the Issaquah jumping center during Huber's effort.