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Irish skydiving granny, 80, jumps 13,000ft from a plane to see the world before she loses her sight

Joan Smyth jumped from a plane some 13,000ft in the air. (Picture and video via BBC Newsline)
Joan Smyth jumped from a plane some 13,000ft in the air. (Picture and video via BBC Newsline)

COUNTY Down skydiving granny Joan Smyth is losing her sight – and she is on a mission to tick things off her bucket list before she goes blind.

The Bangor native this week celebrated her 80th birthday by jumping 13,000ft from an airplane in Australia.

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Smyth is suffering from glaucoma and wanted to get a birds-eye view of the world before her eyesight deteriorates any further, and raise some money for charity.

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“Gosh, when I felt myself falling out I thought ‘oh, I don’t know if I like this or not’,” Ms Smyth said after her skydive.

“But it was fine. The bit I didn’t like so much was the turning in the air but we got there.”

Take a look at this: a granny from Bangor has celebrated her 80th birthday by doing a skydive in Australia. Joan Smyth, who is losing her sight to glaucoma, said she wanted to do the 4km jump so she could see the world from a bird's eye view before her vision deteriorates further and to also raise some money for charity.

Posted by BBC Newsline on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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